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VCU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

Alumni Association Officers 

Kathleen Burke Barrett 71 BS '73MS/B 

Andrew Hulcher '84BS/B 

VICE PRESIDENT 

J. SouthallStane'71BS/B 

SECRETARY 

Dan Massey '92BS/B 

TREASURER 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

OFEICER AT LARGE 

HughKeogh'81MS/MC 

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT 



Chairs of School Alumni Boards 
Thomas House '95BGS/H&S 

NONTRAO.TiOI. AL E'^T'ES PROGRAM 

Thomas Silvestri '86MBA 

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 

Cheryl Magill'81MEd'99PhD 

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 



Board of Directors 



William Davis VIBS/HSS/CPA ■79IVIS/H&S/CPA 

JoLynnDeMary'72MEd 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

Juanita Leatherberry '73BS/B 

Timothy McKeever 'SBMBA 

Michael Wade '86BS/H&S '91MS(RC|/AH 

Linda Warren '75BS/B 

TERM EXPIRING 2003 

Peter Aiken '82 BS '85MS/B 

Marika Byrd '92BGS/NTS 

Quentin Corbett '72BS/B 

Mary Cosby'93/H&S gBMSIRO/AH 

Paul Hundley '86BFA 

Cecil Millner '78BS/B '82MACC 

Susan Noble '96MT/E 

TERM EXPIRING 2002 

Donna Coghill '90BFA '94MFA 

Eleanor Rumae Foddrell '82BS/B 

William Ginther '69BS '74MS/B 

Carol Negus '63BFA 

Cathy Pond '76BSW '80MSW 

Kristi Vera '97MSW 

AFRICAN AMERICAN ALUMNI COUNCIL 

Michelle Jones '87BS/H&S 



2001 General Assembly Update 

The 2001 ViFginia General Assembly session adjouFned on 
Saturday, FebFuaFy 24th, GeneFal Assembly sessions held in odd- 
numbeFed yeaFS aFe fondly FefeFFed to as shoFt sessions since they 
aFe only 45 days long Typically, the Govetnor and the legislatoFS 
use these short sessions to make modest changes to public policy 
and to the biennial budget. 

By any measute, this yeat was atypical The Administtation's 
commitment to fully fund cat tax Felief was all-consuming foF 
budget decision-makers. The tesulting stalemate of the 
AdministFation and the House budget confetees against the 
Senate confetees meant that the Assembly left town foF the fitst 
time evet without amending the second yeat of the budget, 
Sevetal attempts to teconvene to tesolve the budget impasse 
wete unsuccessful 

The GovernoF is now compelled by the state Constitution 
to impose resttictions on expenditures and 
implement funding cuts to keep the budget m 
balance. Most state agencies have been required 
to tighten their belts. At institutions of higher 
education, more than S250 million in previously 
authorized capital projects are now placed 
on hold 

Fortunately for Virginia Commonwealth 
University and the VCU Health System, the 
impact is minimal, compared to other institu- 
tions As for the University and the VCU Health 
System's highest legislative priority, full funding 
for uncompensated indigent health care, there 
appear to be administrative remedies to provide 
the needed funding 

The impasse impacts budgets in other ways. This year, 
without extraordinary action, no state funds will be appropriated 
to support such needs as pay raises for local and state employees, 
including faculty. Likewise, funding for student financial aid will 
remain constant, and many cultural programs and museums will 
experience significant reductions or elimination of state funding 




Live Your Passion: 
Commencement 2001 

VCU awarded 4,332 profes- 
sional, graduate and bac- 
calaureate degrees for 
2001 on May 19. 
International best-selling 
author David BaldaccI 
■83BA/H&S told gradu- 
ates, "You can do anything 
with your lives. You have to 
find one thing that you're 
absolutely passionate about. . . .craft the life that best suits you. If 
not, life will create one for you." President Eugene Trani presented 
honorary doctorates to Baldacci and former White House corre- 
spondent Helen Thomas. 



VCU 



An Equal Opportunitv/Affirmaiive Action University 




Reunion 2001 Photo Gallery 

AFRICAN AMERICAN ALUMNI REUNION PH OT OG R AFt/t BV 



WILLIE REDD. OTHER REUNION PHOTOS BT ANNE LAWVER '76BFA 



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CONNECTIONS 




Survivors 



Radical Science: Beyond Biology 101 



Physical Plant: The Center for the Life Sciences 





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University News 


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Alumni News 


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Live at VCU 


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Success by Association 

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Shafer Court Connections is 
a magazine for alumni and 
friends of the Academic Campus of 
Virginia Commonwealth University 
in Richmond. VCU is a Carnegie One 
Research University with an enroll- 
ment of 24.000 smdents on the 
Academic and Medical College of 
Virginia Campuses. The magazine is 
published twice a year by VCU 
Alumni Activities. 



staff 
AAARY ELLEN MERCER 

EDITOR 

BEN CORNATZER 

ART DIRECTOR 

CHERI OWENS OIBS/B 

CLASS NOTES 

PAMELA BODKIN 
'91BIS/H&S 

UNIVERSITY NEWS 

BILL ILLS 

DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI ACTIVITIES 



Contact VCU Alumni Activities at 

924 West Franklin Street 

P.O. Box 843044 

Richmond, VA 23284-3044. 

Email: VCU-ALUM(svcu.edu. 
Phone (8041 VCU-ALUM 

(828-25861 

fax (804) 828-8197 
Website: wv\'vi'. vcu-mcvalumni.org 




Copyright ® 2001 by Virginia Commonwealth University. 



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We Toddled Off to Where? 

I found the Summer 2000 issue of Slmfcr 
Court Cotinectiuiis to be quite interesting, 
particularly "From Hibbs' Hub to Hip 
Hop." The 1950s section mentioned the 
boys would mn up to The Paddle House 
for cheeseburgers and drinks. As I 
remember, it was Tlie Toddle House. 

Also of interest was Chelf's Drug Store 
at the comer of Shafer and Grace Streets, 
which has been demolished. The ground 
floor was the dmgstore, which was a 
popular meeting place for students. 
Upstairs was a boarding house for off- 
campus RPl men students. 

Louis Gordon '52BS/B 

^4*f Indeed, you are right; it was Tlie Toddle 
House. And many a couple courted at Chelfs. 

Let me add my congratulations to others 
on such a great magazine. My only com- 
plaint is that it doesn't come out more 
often; and for us aging boomers, some of 
the print can get small! 

Mike Grubbs '77MPA/H&S 

We've added pages and niore reader-friendly 
t\pe. Still, this issue filled up again, especially 
with dhimni notes. Tliere's a lot to tell you 
and to fit in. 

I was eager to read the Shafer Court 
Coimections magazine this morning. Yet 
when I went through the pages, there was 
not one mention of the Theatre 
Department. It was my understanding 
that the old Shafer Street Playhouse was 
renovated and is being used once again. 
That is where all of my productions were 
done. I managed to read about dance, 
fashion, art, jewelr\', sports, stars... no 
theatre? Maybe since 1 graduated in '80, 
they have become an independent school 
not affiliated with VCU anymore. 1 can 
only tell you that when I was making my 
choice of a theatre school. It was VCU, 
not NYU, that 1 chose, because they had 
one of the best programs around. 1 should 
think they would be proudly represented 
and presented as part of a growing 
University. 

Sincerelv, 

Kim Davis '80BFA 

Sometimes production pressures leave us 
short of time or space to include exmihing 
we'd like to. Shafer Court Playhouse is indeed 
in use again. VCU Tlieatre schedule and 
visiting actors are in the News, page S. 

"You Can Go Home Again" (Winter 
2001), about 924 W. Franklin Srteet, was 
such an interesting story. Magazines like 
this one are often stuffy, but yours wasn't 
at all. The carved, omate fumiture in the 



house was beautiful! 

1 have a few additions. We rented in 
the '40s from Dr. Grove Hagen (not 
Happen). It was a clean building. Our 
apartment had a private bath. It was 
freshly painted, and 1 do not remember 
any "black hole," cockroaches, or beer 
gardens. They came later. My kitchen was 
a pale green and my li\ing room a pale 
pink. We had a fire in our bedroom fire- 
place. 

We often walked to work. 1 worked for 
the city Department of Public Welfare at 
1002 E. Broad Street, and my husband for 
the Virginia Employment Commission 
on Main Street. 

So many memories — 

Three of my grandchildren are at 
VCU— Jacob Moore, son of Jim and Beth 
Moore; Benjamin and Erika Moore, 
children of John R.T. Moore '73BA/H&S 
and Tayloe Williams Moore '72BFA. All 
of my other children attended one or 
more classes at VCU. 

Martha Riis Moore '37BS/H&S 

I really enjoyed this issue. They have 
arrived very inegularly; this is the first one 
in quite awhile. Thanks, great work! 

Gerald Bowman '82MSW LCSW, ACSW 

Munich, Gemiany 

PS You should do something on the VCU 
rugby team. It has a long and colorful 
history. 

Rugb}' players? Contact us. 

That's My Car! 

I was looking through the Winter 2001 
issue of the magazine, when I saw the 
photo on page 2 of the white car and the 
smdents in front of Ginter House. 1 
believe 1 can identify that car. It's my 
'51 Nash. 

I also recognize several people in the 
photo, which 1 would guess was taken in 
1954. Tom Monahan '56, student gov- 
emment president, is there, and Arnold 
Lucas '54, who was Gernian Club presi- 
dent. 1 was chaimian of the floor commit- 
tee of student government. Seeing them 
reminds me of some of our activities at 
that era. 

There were two dances a year, the 
German Club Dance and Cotillion. At 
that time the Mosque would only allow 
concessions mn by nonprofit groups. So 
Roy Carter, me and some others ran them 
during the dances to raise money for 
scholarships. We funded several scholar- 
ships of about $80-90 during the '50s. 
Tuition at that time was only about 
$40-50 a semester. 

Ted Hamre '56DistribEd/E 



Capitol Advantage has the last word. 

We were excited to feature Capitol Advantage In 
the Winter Issue, especially in an election year — 
and what an election year. Corporations, organiza- 
tions, the media and ordinary voters continue to 
use Capitol Advantage's award-winning tools and 
public websites to become informed and politically 
engaged, and to follow post-election twists and 
turns. Atwww.congress.org, even a neophyte 
can become an Informed activist — do go there. 

We apologize for inadvertently dropping 
founder Robert Hansan's '86BA/H&S last words 
from the story. Hansen, a political science major, 
commented. "The Internet is truly changing the 
political landscape, and our evolving position in this 
revolution is a very exciting place to be right now." 




Thank You Dr Irani greets Anne Satterfield 

Dr. Eugene Trani '43BS/H&S and Ed GIvens. 
and Lois Trani Satterfield recently established 

hosted more *® ^""® Powell Satterfield 

than 400 guests ^^"^ Scholarship in the College 
for the VCI I °' Humanities and Sciences. 

President's Reception at the 
Commonwealth Club, May 1. 

The event recognized members of 
VCU's President's Club, indi\'idual donors 
who have given $2,5(X) or more during 
one fiscal year, and corporations and 
foundations that have donated $10,000 
or more in one fiscal year to the 
University. 

Rector Ed Flippen welcomed guests, 
and President Trani spoke about VCU's 
growth, supported "by friends like you. 
You are the reason we are able to main- 
tain top-notch educational, research, and 
patient-care programs." 




Dr. Patricia Alvey, the new director of VCU's Adcenter, 
talks with Michael '81BS/MC and Larissa Chaney. The 
Chaneys established the Michael and Larissa Chaney 
Merit Scholarship for Adcenter students. 



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Alumni and Rankings 

President Eugene Irani vowed last year to raise 
VCU's national ranking by US News & World Report 
from Tier III to Tier 11 status by 2005. "Becoming a 
Tier II University is crucial to our future success. Not 
only will Tier 11 status gamer more research dollars, 
grants, top-notch faculty and students for VCU, but 
it will continue our commitment to providing an 
exceptional education to citizens of Virginia and 
the nation." 

Undergraduate giving plays a significant role. 
VCU's current alumni giving rate is 11 percent. Tier 
II status requires 17 percent participation. VCU 
ranks just below average among its 56 Tier III insti- 
tutions, where alumni giving averages 14 percent. 

"Undergraduate giving can help increase VCU's 
prestige," says Peter Wyeth, vice president for 
University Advancement. "VCU graduates are some 
of the most dedicated and committed alumni I 
have ever seen. I invite graduates who aren't partici- 
pating in VCU's Annual Fund to help boost our 
national reputation by making a gift in any amount 
to any area of the University." For more mfbnnation, 
please go to www.vai.edii/eghmg or call Mark Roberts, 
director of Annual Giving, at (804) 828-2040. 



"it's easy. " 

Ten VCU graduate 

programs are now 

among the best in 

the nation, according 

to U.S. News & World 

Report's 2002 rankings 

of America's Best 

Graduate Schools. Six 

programs rated highly 

last year were carried forward. 

(Not all areas are rated every year.) 

"It's really a combination of great leadership, 
great faculty and fabulous students. When you 
have that kind of situation, it's pretty easy," Dr. 
Cecil Drain, dean of VCU's School for Allied 
Health Professions told the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch. Here's how VCU lines up: 

5 Sculpture 

7 Rehabilitative Counseling (tied) 

8 Health Services Administration 

9 Nursing Service Administration 
(three-way tie) 

10 Nurse Anesthesia, Community Health 

13 Social Work (four- way tie) 

15 Physical Therapy (four-way He) 

16 Drug and Alcohol Abuse 

19 Fine Arts, Occupational Therapy, 
Pharmacy 

50 Clinical Psychology, Creative Writing. 

51 Public Affairs 

52 Nursing 

VCU plans to do even better, expanding its 
research strengths to move from the magazine's 
third ranked tier of universities, into the second. 



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The Big BLURRR 

"It's gonna be BIG," gnns Joe Seipel, 
Sculpture Department chair. VCU's 
School of the Arts will host the 
Conference of the National Council of 
Art Administrators November 14-17 in 
Richmond. "BLUR 2001 " will discuss the 
blurring of disciplines and media in the 
deluge of new cultural forms in the art 
world, and art school relationships. 
"This BLUR will address the dynamic 
transformation of contemporan/ art and 
culture," adds Richard Roth, chair of 
Painting and Printmaking Department. 

Panelists include Deborah Solomon, 
art critic and New York 7/mes contri- 
butor; avant-garde critic Dave Hickey, 
author of Air Guitar and professor of art 
criticism at University of Las Vegas; 
Natalie Jeremijenko, engineer-artist and 
1999 Rockefeller Fellow; and Libby 
Lumpkin, art critic and /Irt forum contrib- 
utor. For more information, contact 
Richard Roth at (804) 827-0984, 
rroth@vcu.edu or the Sculpture 
Department at (804) 828-1 511, 
ccbrown@vcu.edu. 



Sculpture Department Chair, Professor Joe Siepel, received the Sculpture 
Educator Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Sculpture 
Center in June. "I am receiving this award because of the work of many 
talented people," Seipel emphasizes. "We have faculty showing their 
work all over the world, and our alumni are doing terrific. They have shown 
in major museums and received numerous international awards. I've been 
fortunate to be chair during all of this." 

The graduate program in Seipel's department is ranked 5th in the 
country by U.S. News & World Report. And for the second year, new VCU 
sculpture MFAs rated their own show, " More Fresh Meat, " at the Kim 
Foster Gallery in Manhattan, June 2-30. A bit more than simple luck 
seems to be at work here. Just possibly, the generous, patient and 
creative direction of the chair. 

A tribute perhaps even more impressive than the national award from 
colleagues is the homage a Seipel from one of his students. Genevieve 
Paterson's 'OIMFA portrait of Seipel holding his portrait, is a 30' x 12' rug. 
"It is made of the hair of 1,500 dogs," she explains deadpan, "and when 
freshly laid out in the lobby, had a smell that permeated the entire art 
building." Well, Seipel's spirit certainly permeates the entire building and 
lives of many alumni. The title of the piece is, of course, "Top Dog." 

Seipel has taught for 27 years at VCU, chairing the department fori 6 
years. July 1 , he began a new position as associate dean of academic 
affairs and director of graduate studies for the School of the Arts — but he 
hopes to keep teaching. 





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Just Park It 

"We ought to be doing more with our 
decl<s than |ust parking in them." says 
VCU President Eugene Tram, thinking 
out of the box. At VCU's new parking 
deck, going up behind the Siegel Center 
and Sports Medicine Building, you can 
park your easel, check your email, press 
iron, and collapse on a rooftop terrace 
with a house cap Besides the terrace — 
and parking spaces — the building will 
have 1 1 naturally lighted studios for art 
students, a weight room for intercol- 
legiate athletics, computer labs and 
space for support services. 

The $10.1 million Bowe ^- 
Street deck will be built on the '\ ^ 
southeast corner of Bowe ^ 
and Marshall Streets, a ; 

block North of Broad Street. I 
with a landscaped pedestrian \ 
plaza connecting the Siegel and ■■, 
Sports Medicine Buildings Work 
should begin in October, with 
parking and weight room ready by 
August 2002. and art studios finished by 
Januar/ 2003 Funding includes $9 6 
million In revenue bonds paid for by 
parking fees and $500,000 from the 
state higher education fund Annual 
operating costs are estimated at 
$458,000. 

Can you "supersize " it? 

VCU freshman and transfer students in 
fall 2001 are required to have a personal 
computer as part of the Student 
Computer Initiative. "Prepanng the 
workers of tomorrow to succeed in a 
highly technical world is a necessar/ 
part of the educational mission of VCU," 
explains Jim Yucha. acting provost for 
academic technology, 

VCU students who can't afford a 
computer can roll the cost into their 
financial-aid packages VCU provides a 
"digital toolkit" on CD-ROM so students 
won't have to buy software. The toolkit 
includes internet and anti-virus software 
for Windows and Macintosh, and the 
VCU Student Bulletin and Resource 
Guide. The plan is to eventually expand 
the program to all VCU students. "We 
are now preparing the college for its 
students, rather than preparing the 
students for the college." comments 
Susan Diehl. director of Media 
Production Services 

NO STANDING 

No more standing in line for parking 
permits Starting this spring, students 
and staff can buy parking decals online 
Lynn Robb of VCU Parking and 
Transportation, says the online proce- 
dure is "relatively painless." Pay with a 
credit card, or the department will hold 
the decals for two days and students 
can pay with cash or check. Students 

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Nadine Gord'mcr,l99l Nobel 
Laureate in literature, with 
Morakabe Raks Sekhoa, a 
Soutli African writer wlio 
was imprisoned witli 
Nelson Mandela. 




"For five days, several continents converged in Richmond to 
showcase some of the best of Africa," said Dr. Richard Priebe, 
VCU English professor and organizer of the African Literature 
Association Conference. Sponsored by VCU, the University of 
Richmond and the City of Richmond, the conference brought 
400 scholars and writers from several continents to 
celebrate, argue and learn. 

These speakers have been at the forefront 
of cultural re-awakenings that preceded polit- 
ical freedom. The conference brought 
some of the world's most courageous 
writers, including one Nobel Laureate 
(1991), South African novelist and lifelong 
activist Nadine Gordimer, as well as at least 
two others on the Nobel short list. 
The conference theme — ^The Creative Circle; Artist, Critic, 
Translator — engendered emphatic discussions of language. Most Afhcan 
writers, educated in English or French, write in those European languages 
rather than in the languages of their continent. For some younger activist writers, to 
use a language that has come from Europe is to accept "a colonized mind." But confer- 
ence writers weren't buying that. 

In the keynote address, Gordimer 
urged African writers to write and read in 
many languages, and to "take their rightful 
place in world literature. . ..Africa is no 
longer the world's invention, but herself." 
She added, "It is a self-deprivation to 
approach literature through the prism of 
your own pigmentation." 

Somali Nurrudin Farah was awarded 
the ALA'S Fonlon-Nichols Award for 
writing that contributes to the struggle for 
human rights and freedom of expression. 
"I am not an I," he told the audience, "I 
am a countn/ of persons." A bold claim, 
but true. In novels like Secrets, and the 
nonfiction Yesterday, Tomorrow: Voices 
from the Somali Diaspora, he has preserved the stories— and thus the existence — of 
people and neighborhoods of Mogadishu, otherwise lost to war. He, too, argues for uni- 
versality. "All stories are built on the one and only story." He began writing in English, he 
says, "because that was the only typewriter I could 
find." 

Congolese writer Emmanuel Dongala, author of 
Little Boys Come from the Stars, pointed out that 
Chinua Achebe does not write like an Englishman. 
"A writer inhabits the language he writes in, and 
puts in his own furniture." 

Other stars were South African novelist Zoe 
Wicomb; Algerian writer and playwright and film- 
maker Assia Djebar; former VCU faculty member 
and MacArthur Foundation Award winner, African- 
American novelist Paule Marshall. 

The ALA shared the wealth. All major events incoming president of the Afruun tjl Association, 

and speakers were open to the public, and a senegalese Dr. Kandnoura Drame, professor of 

special afternoon workshop gave local high school French at Universlt}' of Virginia, and outgoing 

teachers a crash course in African art and literature, S'vcSlS'JSS:"''^- '""'' 




Gambian giiots Papa Siisso and Family perfonned on the 
kora and the balafon (wooden xylophone) and sang. Griot 
musicians are oral poets, charged witli keeping the lineage 
and hlstoiy of the tiibe, praising and advising the king, 
composing for weddings and blrtlis. 





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"I love the art and craft of acting, and 

teaching allows us to revisit that," said 

actor Randle Mell. "When you are 

teaching," adds his wife, actress Mary 

McDonnell, "it is like stepping back into 

your roots, and that is a good reminder for 

me. I feel stimulated in new ways when I teach." 

McDonnell and Mell inspired students as Theatre VCU Guest Artists for a week in 

May. Theatre Department chair, David Leong, had worked with both actors and invited 

them to campus. McDonnell is best known for her performances in Passion Fish (Best 

Actress nomination) and Dances witli Wolves, (Best Supporting Actress nomination). 

She received an Obie for her role in Emily Mann's Still Life in 1 981 . Her current project is 

a tv pilot, Oiestnut Hill. Mell has appeared on Broadway in Macbeth, Noises Off and 

Rainnnaker, and in numerous film and television performances. 

Graduate student Elizabeth Brinkley 
took her turn delivering a monologue in 
front of McDonnell: "Sheer terror," she 
said, laughing. "We are blessed at VCU to 
have professionals working with us every 
day," Brinkley said of Theatre faculty. "But 
to bring in these professionals is an extra 
blessing." 

School for Scandal? 

This spring VCU hosted the first international 
symposium on American composer, Samuel 
Barber — an idea of Wayne Batty, who taught vocal 
music at VCU for 50 years. Barber's allegiance to 
lyric nineteenth-century Romantic style — at a 
time of experiment and revolt in the mid-twenti- 
eth century — made for a paradoxical "outsider" 
status. His opera, School for Scandal, could almost 
apply to his independence from music fashion. 
Stellar scholarship and performance studded 
the three-day conference. Barter biographer 
Barbara Heyman, NPR's music expert Martin 
Goldsmith, and composers Fred Cohen and 
VCU's Allan Blank and Peter Knell discussed the 
music. Cellist Janos Starker, the Oberon Quartet, 
pianist John Browning, singer Pamela Armstrong 
'91BM, VCU's Commonwealth Singers and others 
performed a rich feast of Barber works. 

Con Brio! 

A special event during the Samuel Barber 
conference was the dedication of The Sonia 
Vlahcevic Concert Hall in the VCU Performing 
Arts Center. Dr. Vlahcevic, a pianist on the 
music faculty for 35 years, teaches and coordi- 
nates the graduate program. Her late husband, 
Dr. Z. Reno Vlahcevic, former VCU chief of 
gastroenterology and the University's 
Distinguished Scholar in 1999, established this 
legacy for his wife. "This is an outstanding 
honor," she said, "and that my husband's 
doing it for me makes it even greater." 

Sonia and concert pianist John Browning 
(right) played a concert of Chopin, Bach and 
Scarlatti, including a joyful duet, to christen 
the hall. Music Department chair, Dr. John 
Guthmiller, described Sonia as "a passionate 
musician. How we all love being around her." 
Family love surrounded her as well — her 
husband's spirit and her children and grand- 
children who came to celebrate. 



Vie Day the Bronx Died, Theatre VCU, 2/15-24. 

2001-02 Season 

Prelude to a Kiss, Lucas, 10/4-13: Shakespeare's Romeo & 
Juliet 11/8-17; TBA. Los Angeles guest director, Olivia 
Honneger, 2/14-23, The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black 
Woman Vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae, Shafer 
Street Playhouse, 3/21 -24: TBA. 4/1 1 -20, At VCU Performing 
Arts Center, except Thai Tickets: (804) 828-6026. 




Rennolds Concerts "The Ahn is preferable in the accomplish- 
ment of Its playing, its musicality and even its hipness." -Los 
Angeles Times Performing internationally. The Ahn Trio are 

sisters — violinist Angella and the twins, pianist Lucia and cellist 
Maria, trained at Juilliard and originally from South Korea. The 
Trio commissions and performs contemporary music: their most 
recent project is "AHN PLUGGED." 10/20, 1 1 am Piano Master 
Class (free) and Concert 8 pm, VCU Performing Arts Center. 
Schedules and tickets: (804) 828-1 1 66. 



Awards 

First-year MFA student Jerrell 
Nickerson's play Hammurabi /OSwon 
the First Stage one-act national play- 
writing competition in Hollywood 
this year. 

Percussionist Greg Giannascoii 
'90MM recently won his second Artists 
International Young Artist Competition, 
winning him a NYC debut next summer 
Giannascoii will perform at Weil Recital 
Hall at Carnegie Hall on June 22, 2002 
at 5:30 pm. He records with Helicon 
Records and is principal percussionist 
with Lyric Theatre Opera Orchestra and 
Riverside Symphonia in New York, 

VCU anthropology student Kasey 
Quinn Dolan won the Juan Espadas 
Prize for best student paper at the 23rd 
Annual Mid-Atlantic Council of Latin 
American Studies conference in March 
Dolan, a junior minoring in international 
studies, presented "Yoruba Religious 
Survival in Brazil " VCU students Robert 
Fournler and Eva Rocha Turner also 
read papers at the conference. 

Two to Watch! 

Two VCU alumni, who bring dance to 
national and international audiences, 
were on Dance magazine's list of "25 to 
Watch" in the January issue Paule 
Turner 'SSBFA 
performs with his 
troupe. Court. "In my 
work, I want to speak 
about human condi- 
tions — love, loss and 
release If the world is 
a stage," he adds, 
"there are some 
serious character 
studies on the 
subway." 

In his work. 
Divine Normal, 
Richard Move 
'88BFA recreates 
dance legend Martha 
Graham. "All dancers 
owe her respect She 
paved the way for 
modern choreogra- 
phers," he says. 





SUMMER 5 2001 





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Charles Demm '92BA/H&S, Jeff Buckley 
'97BA/H&S, and Jon Waybrlght 



Alumni in Qatar 

Since 1998, VCU faculty members have 
taught design arts in Qatar (catter). a 
small country in the Persian Gulf, as the 
beginning of a 10-year, $50 million 
contract to establish a design school 
there, particulariy to educate Qatari 
women to develop a textile industn/. 
VCU's Board of Visitors and the State 
Council for Higher Education have 
approved a VCU branch campus in Doha, 
the capital, to include fashion, interior 
design and graphics design. 

The Qatar Foundation for Education, 
Science and Community Development 
will pay the costs, Qatar holds 5 percent 
of the world's natural gas resen/es. The 
VCU-Qatar College of Design will 
graduate 250 BFAs (all women) in Doha 
in 2002. "We're very excited about this 
development as it moves us toward our 
goal to increase VCU's presence in inter- 
national education," comments 
President Eugene Trani. 

Advantage: Richmond 

VCU will host the "Champions Tennis 
Tour" at the Siegel Center, September 
27-Ocotberl this fall, in what will 
become an annual event — "VCU 
Champions." Former world-class players 
like John McEnroe, Yannick Noah, Pat 
Cash, and Mansour Bahrami will come 
to the Alltel Pavilion. The men's senior 
tour holds more than 20 events in 1 1 
countries. Its US sponsor is SUCCESS 
magazine 

A related project is "Advantage: 
Richmond, A World-Class Tennis City by 
2005." An advisory board of national, 
state and local leaders will build on the 
legacy of Arthur Ashe to make Richmond 
a tennis center for players and fans. 
VCU's student teams and coaches will 
participate in tennis academy for 
Richmond's youngsters. The academy 
will provide tutoring and mentonng in 
academics as well as in tennis. 



For a dozen years VCU has been part of the 
largest biblical excavation in Israel, at Ashkelon 
on the Mediterranean Sea. Although Harvard 
directs the Leon Levy Excavation, a year ago 
"VCU students were the talk of the excavation, 
outnumbering students from both Harvard and 
Brown, and making several key finds of the 
summer, said Jon Waybright '90BA/H&S 
Waybright, VCU adjunct professor of philoso- 
phy and religious studies, was given a silver 
bowl, recognizing his ten years as excavation 
supervisor. VCU student Warner Winthrop 
was promoted to square supervisor. 
Lee Iran '01 found an Egyptian cylinder seal dating to 1300 BCE. Andy Hill 
uncovered a fragment of an altar stand, probably Babylonian. Stamped on it is an 
impression of a king in Babylonian headgear holding a staff, with gazelles 
below him. Other finds included an ancient courtyard and drainage 
system; clues to the entry of a series of tombs; and coins, including a 
rare Cleopatra com — one of five in the world. 

Working through the sandy dust, Waybright discovered a coin, 
"uncorroded, after a soft brush and a little spittle. (One of the first things 
I learned as an archaeologist was to spit on even/thing.) And there was 
the face of Constantine, with a Latin inscription. Imagine that! The first 
Christian Roman emperor, just pulled from the earth after 1600 years, looking back at 
me!" 

Nine more VCU students found their own rewards working on the layered civiliza- 
tions — Islamic, Byzantine, Hellenistic, Persian, Hebrew and Philistine. They dug — 
carefully — organized photo records, puzzled over pottery shards, and sorted human 
and animal bones. 



Electrifying Teacher 

Dr. Rosalyn Hobson, associate professor of electri- 
cal engineering, recently received the Dr. Janice A. 
Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award from The 
National Society of Black Engineers. The award 
emphasizes interactive teaching — exactly 
Hobson's choice. "Too many students drop out of 
science," she says. "They are interested in elemen- 
tary school, but then they get bored." Hobson says 
her own interest began 
with a third grade 
science project and just 
kept going. 

"It's a tough field," 
she admits. But Hobson 
is convinced that when 
students learn through 
hands-on projects, the 
visible rewards of some- 
thing that works will 
pull them past the hard 
parts. That makes Dr. Rosalyn Hoi 

her a great fit for 'VCU's School of 
Engineering. An African-American 
woman engineer makes an obvious role 
model for young women, but Hobson's 
broader view shows why she's effective 
with all her students. "I hope that 1 could 
be a good role model to everyone." 

Hobson's colleague, Dr. Gerald Miller, 
professor and chair of biomedical engi- 
neering, received this year's Outstanding 
Educator Award from the Bioengineering 
Division of the American Society of 
Engineering Education. 



Silicon City 

Dr. Rosalyn Hobson and Dr. Gerald Miller are just 
a couple of examples of dynamic VCU faculty 
members who are preparing creative and compe- 
tent new graduates for their fields. Months before 
graduation, Infineon Technologies Richmond 
hired 16 VCU seniors — 13 from the School of 
Engineering, two from computer sciences and one 
in information technology. That's electrical 
engineer Nick Balderson 'OIBS/En, one of 
Hobson's students, framed in the silicon wafer. 
The company is expanding its plant near 
Riclimond and expects to hire 500 employees, 
more of them from VCU than from any 
other school. 




Nick Balderson OIBS/En 



SHAFER COURT 6 COIMNECTIONS 




Brand New 

VCU is surging forward into the new millennium, coordinating 
a cross-campus advance in life sciences and pushing to 
become a Level One research institution. As any student at 
the Adcenter could tell you, the "brand" — the identity, the 
value — is changing. A new look is called for. VCU's new 
logotype and emblem are here, a clean, bright, unified look 
for both campuses. 



Pack Your Passport! 

A new International Management Studies certifi- 
cate to prepare students for careers in internation- 
al business will be offered this fall through the 
VCU School of Business and the College of 
Humanities and Science. Focusing on three com- 
ponents — foreign language, European studies and 
international management, the program will be 
both interdisciplinary and international. "Most 
foreign investments either go to or come from 
Europe to the United States. Europe is unsurpass- 
able in its importance to trade relations," said 
Charles Byles, associate professor of management. 

An 18-day European study tour will allow 
students to earn up to six credits toward the cer- 
tificate. Travel in Belgium, France, Austria and 
Germany will teach students about "the historical 
and cultural characteristics of the European 
Union, and second to study the businesses prac- 
tices of selected countries. In the game of interna- 
tional business, Europe is an important region for 
U.S. trade and investment," said Michael Pitts, 
associate professor of management. 

Plans are in the works to expand the program 
to Latin America. "The marketplace is increasingly 
global, so familiarity with the world outside of the 
United States and the ability to navigate that 
world is very important," according to R. 
McKenna Brown, director of the International 
Studies program. 

Research Update 

AH restrictions on VCU's Multiple Project 
Assurance (oversight for research projects) have 
been removed by the U.S. Office for Human 
Research Protections (OHRP), and the compliance 
evaluation has been closed. The OHRP had 
declared a moratorium on VCU's research projects 
in January 2000, saying the oversight of research 
involving human subjects was inadequate — 
although no subjects had been harmed. VCU 
moved swiftly to bring the University into compli- 
ance, and OHRP lauded VCU for implementing its 
plan of corrective action and strengthening its 
Institutional Review Board (IRB) system for the 
protection of human subjects. Cmcial research 
had been reviewed and resumed by last June; 
every project has been reviewed by internal or 
external boards. 

Now only a site review by the U.S. Food and 
Dmg Administration remains before all federal 
restrictions are lifted on VCU's administradve 
system. "Kudos" to administrators, faculty and 
staff who worked to make this happen. 




Tiger Woods^" 

One of the hottest international markets is sports. 
In March, students in marketing and sports man- 
agement got an earful of advice from the experts. 
Speakers at the Sports Marketing Fomm in March, 
sponsored by the School of Business, included 
Tracy Schoenadel, executive director of ESPN 
Sports Poll; Jon Lugbill, executive director of the 
Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers; Mike 
Plant, president of Goodwill Games; and Don 
Rice, director of Brooks Institute of Sports Science 
at Clemson University. 

Mark Steinberg (above, left), IGM representative 
and agent for golfer Tiger Woods talked about 
managing a superstar. "Tiger is a brand in and of 
itself," he told students. It is very, very important 
to remember that. That brand is affected by every- 
thing he does." 

Presidential Gift 

VCU President Eugene Trani and Mrs. Lois Trani 
have designated a life insurance benefit worth 
$700,000 to VCU— $200,000 for the School of 
Engineering and $500,000 for the Massey Cancer 
Center, where Lois Trani serves on the Board. 
"Lois and I believe so much in Virginia 
Commonwealth University, its mission, programs, 
students, and alumni that we wanted to remain a 
part of VCU long after we are gone," Trani says. 

President Trani is on the Board of the Universal 
Corporation, which allows Board members to rec- 
ommend a corporate donation to a charitable 
organization. 

Massey Gets a Jump on Cancer 

A $ 10 million private donation from the Massey 
Foundation and Massey family jump-started 
VCU's Massey Cancer Center's $71 million fund- 
raising campaign to increase the Center's resources 
and profile in the fight against cancer. The multi- 
year campaign will draw from both public and 
private sources to constmct a $26 million research 
building adjoining the Cancer Center. The current 
Center is one of only 60 National Cancer Institute- 
designated cancer centers in the nation. 

The campaign aims even higher, to make 
Massey a "comprehensive" cancer center. This 
would give local health care providers cutting edge 
technology for their patients, bring research 
dollars into the facility and enhance downtown 
Richmond. The 60,000 square-foot building will 
add 54 laboratories. 

"We hope this is not the last or largest gift," 
says Rebecca Massey, a Center board member. 
"Cancer affects everyone." Forty-one million 
dollars will be raised from private sources, with 
state contributions of $13 million and federal 
support of $4 million. The goal includes the 
existing $12.9 million cancer clinic at Stony Point 
fimded by the VCU Health System. 



Rector Resurgent 
Edward Flippen JD '65BS/B, rector of 
VCU's Board of Visitors, was re-elected 
to a second term this spring. Flippen is 
also on the board of directors of the VCU 
Health System Authority and a partner 
with McGuireWoods A former chairman 
of the Governor's Blue Ribbon 
Commission on Higher Education, he 
also lectures on public utilities law and 
trade and economic regulation, 

VCU Board 

Anne Petera '84BS/B, current 
Secretan/ of the Commonwealth, has 
been appointed to VCU's Board of 
Visitors by Gov. Jim Gilmore. As a 
member of the Governor's Cabinet, 
Petera assists in making appointments 
to Virginia's boards and commissions, 
and helps select deputy secretanes and 
agency heads The VCU business 
alumna's career includes more than 
25 years in commercial banking and 
real estate. 

Outreach 

In May, the Board of Visitors promoted 
Sue Ann Messmer from vice provost 
to vice president for university outreach. 
Messmer has been at VCU since 1973. 
first teaching art history and since 1 985 
as an administrator Her recent responsi- 
bilities for VCU included VCU marketing 
and communications, community 
outreach, international programs and 
enrollment services. "For almost 30 
years, I have had the great pleasure of 
promoting VCU to our audiences locally, 
nationally and internationally" she sums 
up, adding that she is happy to continue 
to direct marketing, communications and 
recruitment for the University. 

Adcenter A Head 
Dr. Patricia Alvey was recently named 
Executive Director of the VCU Adcenter. 
Alvey came to the Center a year ago as 
interim head while on leave as director 
of the Texas Creative Program in 
advertising at the University of Texas 
at Austin. 

"As the director of a competing 
school, I watched with great interest the 
accomplishments of this young 
program," says Alvey. "Now at its helm, 
I'm committed to building on the 
Adcenter's impressive reputation to lead 
the program to its inevitable stature as 
the top graduate advertising school in 
the country." 

Under Alvey's leadership, Adcenter 
students have once again collected top 
prizes at the most prestigious award 
shows. This spring, students won a 
Silver Pencil and 9 merit awards in The 
One Show, a gold and bronze in the 
International Clio Awards, awards in the 
ATHENA'S and the British Design & Art 
Direction competition: and Best of Show 
and many gold, silver and bronze awards 
at The Richmond Show. 



SUMMER 7 2001 





IMPACTed 

Educational technology in the School of 
Dentistry has IMPACT VCU researchers 
led by BF Dr. Louis Abbey: vice-chair of 
oral pathology, have created a unique 
computer patient- 
simulation system 
that offers case 
studies for dental 
patients suffering 
a vanety of illness- 
es. The system, 
Interactive 
Multimedia Patient 
Care Case Tutor 
(IMPACT), IS "as close to seeing a real 
patient as you can get in this medium," 
Abbey says, and the template can be 
used for "any case-based discipline." 
Abbey continues, "It is an exciting 
opportunity for VCU to develop this 
software to enhance education in disci- 
plines other than medicine and dentistr/ 
Social work and clinical psychology, for 
example, also use the case-based model 
for teaching This case authoring 
software can open many doors for 
faculty to enrich their education 
programs." VCU has licensed IMPACT to 
NewMentor Group, a Caiifornia-based 
software provider marketing it to dental 
schools throughout the U.S and the 
world. 

IMPACT was a hit at the American 
Dental Education Association (ADEA) 
conference in Chicago this year. Its 
developer, Louis Abbey won the first 
yearly, national Excellence in Teaching 
Award, sponsored by ADEA and Glaxo- 
Wellcome. 

Richmond Eye & Ear & VCU 

Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital and VCU 
have reached an agreement to move the 
downtown Eye and Ear Hospital to Stony 
Point in southwest Richmond, where 
VCU already has medical offices. The 
new Richmond Medical Commons will 
include a 45,000-square-foot medical 
office building and a 31,000-square-foot 
surgery center A 10-member board (four 
VCU and six Eye and Ear representa- 
tives) will oversee (and hear) operations. 

"We expect our patient volume to 
increase," said James Worrell, CEO of 
Richmond Eye & Ear, The hospital's 
more than 100 affiliated doctors include 
ophthalmologists, ear, nose and throat 
specialists: dentists: and facial and 
plastic surgeons. Additional surgeries 
will be performed at Stoney Point, and 
an outpatient facility will have extended 
recovery beds for patients who need to 
stay overnight. Target for completion is 
April, 2002. 




New Surgery 

Telemedicine, robotic 
surgery. It's the wave of the 
present, at VCU Health 
Systems. And two faailty 
members have begun a 
journal. New Surgery, to share 
infonnation with their col- 
leagues about these advances. 
Telemedicine pioneer Dr. 
Robert Merrell is editor-in- 
chief. He is also director of the 
NASA Commercial Space Centc 
based at VCU's MCV Hospitals, 
as well as chief of Surgery. 

VCU trauma surgeon Dr. Rifat 
Latifi is editor. Originally from 
Kosovo, he also directs distance learning for tiie 
NASA Center, traveling worldwide to set up 
internet links with the center in Richmond. A 
recent relief mission in Febniary sent a 14-member 
surgical team to Mombasa, Kenya, with telemed- 
icai support from colleagues at home. In a hospital 
without pain medication or even running water, 
they performed 60 surgeries, often using laparo- 
scopic equipment, which meant less pain and 
recovery time for patients. The team trained local 
physicians to use laparoscopic equipment that 
had already been donated to the hospital. 
Telementoring and follow-up will continue 
through the NASA Center's Medical Infonnatics 
and Technology Applications Consortium 
(MITAC) labs at VCU. 

VCUHS took another high-tech step eariy this 
year, spending $1.2 million on a robotic surgery 
system, ZEUS. An endoscope sends video from 
inside the body to a surgeon sitting at a console 
next to the patient. He can ait, suture and 
dissolve tissue with tiny instmments that enter 
through small incisions. It is more precise, and 
enables some surgeries that were physically 
impossible. ZEUS is approved in the U.S. only 
for clinical trials. VCUHS, with Duke and other 
universities, will be studying coronary bypass, 
mitral valve repair, tubal ligation reversals and 
other procedures. 

Feeding Preemies 

VCU's School of Nursing has received a $1.5 
million NTH grant to study feeding in pre-term 
infants. The babies are tube-fed until they can feed 
orally. Dr. Rita Piclder '98Cert/N, principal inves- 
tigator says this is a comple.x process; the infants 
must coordinate sucking, swallowing and breath- 
ing. They may stop breathing to suck and 
swallow, leaving them e.xJiausted and without 
enough o.xygen. "So it becomes a difficult mile- 
stone for preterm infants." The interdisciplinary 
study will be studvin.t; when the infants are able to 




do this — and when it would be safe 
to send them home from the 
hospital. Pickler was named an 
Alumni Star in 2000. 

The School of Nursing has a 
specialty in maternal and chDd 
nursing; the department chair, Dr. 
Sharron Humenick, co-wrote 
Childbirth Education, Practice, 
Research and Tlieory, named a 
book of the year in January by 
the American Journal of Nursing. 
In Febmary, she and SheUa 
Smith (left, photo), clinical 
' faculty in the department, 

went to Seoul, Korea to present elements 
of VCU's program in childbirth education. 

Geriatric Care 

The boomer generatton is middle-aged, and 
moving healthily and inexorably toward aged, 
when even healthy survivors are liable to need 
more medical care. Both the Schools of Medicine 
and Nursing received grants this spring to e.xpand 
education in geriatric care. 

The School of Medicine has a four-year, $1.8 
million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds 
Foundation, which VCU will match by half for a 
$2.7 million investment in geriatric education. 
Using courses and seminars, developing interac- 
tive airriaila and websites, and a new two-week 
rotarion for residents, VCUHS will give doctors 
much more information about care issues for 
older people. A Geriatric Quick Consult website 
and further graphics and videos will reach VCU 
Health System and community doctors as well. 
Only ten schools, including Yale and Cornell, 
received these grants. 

Rita Jablonski, a predoctoral scholar in geron- 
tology in the School of Nursing, received a 
$100,000 scholarship to expand research and cur- 
riculum in the field from die Hartford Foundation 
in Washington. Jablonski's clinical specialty is 
adults with chronic diseases. Her research focuses 
on improving nursing education. 

VCU vs. VRE 

VCU researchers head a national epidemiological 
study of potentially fatal bloodstream infections 
caused by a dmg-resistant organism, Vancomycin- 
Resistant Enterococcus (VRE). Vancomycin is the 
antibiotic of last resort against these hard-to-treat 
infections. They are becoming more prevalent in 
the United States, and this is the largest study of 
the characteristics of patients with VRE infections 
and the institutions where they occur. 

"The study will look in depth at the patients 
who developed VRE bloodstieam infections to 
characterize their conditions, course of tieatment 
and the units in which they were cared for," 
explains VCU epidemiologist Dr. Michael 
Edmond, chair of the study. The drug-resistant 
bacteria is particularly dangerous for patients in 
intensive care units or who have compromised 
immune systems, such as those undergoing organ 
transplants or cancer therapies. 

Dr. Richard Wenzel, VCU chair of internal 
medicine, is principal investigator of the 
Surveillance and Control of Pathogens of 
Epidemiologic Importance network, the group 
directing the VRE study. Investigators expect to 
announce results this summer. 



SHAFER COURT 8 CONNECTIONS 



fresh meat 



In summer 2000, recent MFA 
graduates from VCU's Sculpture 
Department had a show in New 
York, "Fresh Meat," at the Kim 
Foster Gallery. A second installment at Kim Foster Gallery, 
"More Fresh Meat," ran June 2-30, 2001 and included work by 
Kim Baranowski, Morgan Kennedy, Haegeen Kim, Angel 
Nunez, Genevieve Paterson, Jay Sheldon, Curtis Smith, 
Beth Solin, and Peter Tascarella, all 'OlMFAs. 




"I'm either making my own environmental space (land- 
scape) or I am humanizing landscape directly or imposing 
myself Snapping) onto the landscape." 
Untitled, steel mesh wire, lO'xlO'xU' 
Morgan Kennedy 'OlMFA 




Wings, David Freed, VCU professor of painting and 
printmaking for 34 years. 

"David Freed: A Retrospective," Anderson Gallery, 
8/31-10/28, Features 100 pnnts. as well as photographs, 
monotypes and drawings; catalog by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet 
Charles Wright, Virginia Watercolor Society, 6/9-8/11; 
Faculty Focus. 1 1 /9-1 2/1 6; Imagescape: video insta I lations 
by Jeremy Blake, Stephen Murphy, Kiki Seror and Jennifer 
Steinkamp, 1/18-3/3. 

At Home with the World 

Leanne Lachman is a top U.S. real estate executive, 
principal of Lend Lease Investments, New York. 
She is often called the "champion of the central 
city." As the Distinguished Lecturer of the Virginia 
Association of Realtors, in February she reminded 
School of Business students and faculty that even 
at home, the world is their customer. 
^^^^^^^^^^^ "About 1.1 million immi- 

^^^^^^^^^1 grants arrived last year. They are 
^^^H^PI^^I very skilled and go directly into 

^ ^^^BP ^°^ 1°''^' ^'^^ many soon go 

^^^L. ff-^Wf' into suburban homes. The Asian 

^H^J * ' ji population now is the fastest 

^^B»-;«i>- g growing group in the U.S. [Real 

^^^^''~' M^ estate] sales leaders should 

^^^^Ipt H^ identify the diverse cultural 

^^^H^ , ^^H demographics within their 

^^^^^ ^^^H markets and prepare personnel, 

HHH^ ' wM even to the extent of providing 
multi-language sales people." 





"My work is inspired by traditional Dutch still life paint- 
ing, and composed with contemporary, everyday objects." 
Butter and Lemon, oil on plywood 
Brian Geary 'OlMFA 

And what other title for a 
painting show in NYC in 
summer? Recent MFAs in 
Painting and Printmaking join 
sculpture grads in the Big Apple 
with work by Suzanna Fields, 
Brian Geary, Beth Gilfilen, Elise Howell, Bindu Mehra, 
Melissa Paca, and Roland Thompson, all 'OlMFAs. Painting 
Center, 52 Greene Street, 7/19-8/1 1 . 



Molecular Diagnostic Lab 

An expansion of VCU's Molecular 
Diagnostics Laboratory will allow new 
genetic testing technologies to help 
physicians choose the best possible 
treatment for HIV and cancer patients. 
"Most people are familiar with DNA 
tests that are used by law enforcement 
to distinguish between suspects in a 
crime," Dr. Carelton Garrett, medical 
director of the new lab explains. "Using the same 
type of technology, we use molecular testing to 
analyze the DNA and RNA of vimses and bacteria 
that cause diseases, illnesses and disorders." 

The expanded lab offers two new diagnostic 
technologies. The first detects mutations in HIV 
that make the virus resistant to dmgs designed to 
fight it. This is the first large-scale effort to use 
molecular testing to tailor drugs more precisely to 
individual patients. Second, the lab will begin 
using DNA chip technology, a useful tool in 
cancer diagnosis and treatment because it can 
evaluate the thousands of genetic mutations 
present in a single tumor. 

Garrett points out that the lab is an important 
part of VCU Life Sciences (page 11). This lab 
supports VCU's clinical and basic science research 
programs on both campuses. 

Biotech Six 

Constmction began in May for Biotech Six, a $60 
million addition to the Virginia Biotechnology 
Research Park near VCU's MCV Campus. The Park 
in downtown Richmond is a collaborative project 
of VCU, the City of Richmond and the state. 
Scheduled for completion in 2003, the tliree-story 
building will house 250 scientists and technicians 
as well as the Department of Agriculture and 
Consumer Services. 

A major tenant will be the Virginia Division of 
Consolidated Services, which does more than 3 
million tests a year on everything from food to fer- 
tilizer and blood to water. "We're moving from a 
30 year-old lab," Donald Williams, director of the 
state Department of General Services, told the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. "Nowhere else in 
American will there be a lab as advanced as the 




Quarter Master 

Check your pockets. Got a quarter? 
Chances are, you have one of 1 3 billion 
Virginia state quarters, designed by 
Paris Ashton-Bressler '85BFA She is 

creative director of Virginia's Office of 
Graphic Communications, 

The com pictures the three ships 
that brought the first English settlers to 
Jamestown — the Discovery, the 
Godspeed and the Susan Constance. 
"All well-designed coins have standard 
characteristics — they're 
simple and easy to 
identify," she explains. 
"I took this into consid- 
eration on all of the 
quarter concepts that 
were presented to the 
Governor, the citizens of 
Virginia and to the U.S. 
Mint" Jamestown won 
out over Ashton- 
Bressler's design 
options for Monticello, 
Mount Vernon, the Williamsburg 
colonial capital, and Jefferson's Virginia 
State Capitol. 

When Governor Gilmore "launched" 
the coin at Jamestown in October, 
Ashton-Bressler took her two children, 
Ashton, 8, and Holland, 5. "They think 
It's 'pretty cool' that their mom designed 
the quarter." (And there's one Standard 
of Learning mastered early.) 

"I don't want to hear your 
voice..." 

Sings alternative band Radiohead So, 
okay, we'll look at the pictures created 
for the Grammy Awards Show by Robert 
Meganck, VCU Communication Arts and 
Design professor, and alumnus Sterling 
Hundley '98BFA. Meganck designed a 
digital portrait of Paul Simon, and 
Hundley used pastels for Radiohead. 
Take a peek atwww.grammy.com. 
Photo Gallery. 

Intensive Care 

VCU's Ray Quintero, nurse manager at 
Main Hospital's West Wing, received 
the Excellence in Caring Practice Award 
from the American Association of 
Critical Care Nurses. "When you're 
caring for a patient in crisis, you really 
end up caring for the family as a whole," 
Quintero observes. With 21 years of 
nursing experience, he has spent 19 
years in intensive-care units. This is the 
tenth straight win for the VCU health 
care system. 



SUMMER 9 2001 



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Put six billion, people on an island in space. 

Who will survive, in the complex and interactive ecology of our 

biosphere Earth, that is not a simple question with a simple answer. 
As we study the way life functions, we are learning more and more 
about the intricate, delicate interrelationships among and even 
within living organisms. This "biocomplexity" means that 
"survivor" is not singular. We must combine forces and pool our 
knowledge to catch our balance and learn our place in this world. 



VCU's response to a complicated question is 
broad and multi-faceted. VCU Life Sciences is a multi-disciplinary 
focus on the theoretical, empirical and applied study of biological 
complexity, from the molecular level to human values. The 
program is integrated and comprehensive, cross- pollinating the 
medical and academic campuses. New curricula and new facilities 
like the Life Sciences Building and the 342-acre Rice Center for 
field work v/ill draw new faculty and new students. VCU will take 
new learning and research into the community 
in service projects and science education. 





"VCU students in life sciences, "says Dr. Thomas Huff, the newly 
created vice provost for life sciences, "must be given the tools 
to achieve scientific literacy, which includes not only scientific 
knowledge, but an understanding of science's policy and 
ethical implications." 

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"This is a life sciences rex'olution, " says Dr. 
Tlwinas Huff, vice provost for life sciences. 



Radical 
Science: 
Beyond 
Biology 
101 



BY MICHELLE ROSMAN 



' / e are at the start of a life 
' * sciences revolution," says Dr. 
,/ ,,-iy' Thomas Huff, vice provost for 
* life sciences. "The sequencing 

of the human genome, announced in 
the year 2000, is fully the equivalent of 
putting a man on the moon. It is an 
achievement of that magnitude. The 
impact of this discovery aaoss the 
whole of society is enormous. And it 
came more rapidly than anticipated." 

"As a university," Huff continues, 
"VCU has not only an opportunity but 
a responsibility to respond to this intel- 
lectual revolution, to determine the 
consequences or impact of these dis- 
coveries, and to participate in making 
those discoveries happen." VCU Life 
Sciences is the university's broad and 
integrated response. Its core vision is 
the study of "biological complexity." 
The Life Sciences programs will build 
on VCU's traditional strengths in bio- 
logical and biomedical sciences, patient 
care, biomedical engineering and 
biotechnology. 

"The individual elements of biolog- 
ical life have been fairly well defined," 
Huff notes. "Defining the principles of 
the interactions between those 
elements is the challenge of the new 
field of biological complexity. It 
addresses such issues as 'Is the entity 
greater than the sum of its parts?' and 
'Are there emergent properties when 
we bring these things together?' Does 
something new happen?" 

Life sciences are broadly defined as 
any academic discipline that touches 
significantly on biological life, but 
today's array far transcends the Biology 
101 you remember from high school. 
Today at VCU, students are studying 
bioinformatics — using computers to 



analyze large quantities of genetic 
information; genomics — studying the 
arraying and activities of individual 
genes; and proteomics — studying the 
activities of proteins encoded by those 
genes. Add to these biomedical engi- 
neering, biotechnology, physiology, 
microbiology, chemistry and biostatis- 
tics, to name a few; and you begin to 
see the scope of the program. 

Growth Factors 

Virginia has budgeted $1.8 million 
over the next two years for Life 
Sciences programs. This start-up 
money will be used to promote the 
program, hire new faculty, and recruit 
more students. The program's cutting 
edge facilities and faculty will become 
a cornerstone of recruiting efforts for 
students and faculty. In five years, 
VCU plans to increase out-of-state 
enrollment in life sciences to 700, with 
the additional revenue funding more 
faculty positions. 

VCU's President Eugene Trani told 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 
December, "We could have 40 to 50 
new faculty members in physiology, 
microbiology, anatomy, biology, 
chemistry, and biostatistics" in the 
next five years. On both campuses 
there is a dramatic infusion of 
resources." 

The University expects VCU Life 
Sciences to propel VCU into national 
recognition in the life sciences arena, 
generating new levels of research 
findings and funding. Fresh support 
for increased funding comes from Dr. 
Marcia Torr, vice president for 
research. Torr's five-year aim is to 
increase externally funded research at 
VCU by $40 to $50 million— especially 



SUMMER 11 2001 




in federal grants. VCU 
can do this, she says, by 
recovering more of the 
indirect costs of spon- 
sored research, and 
putting those dollars 
into developing and promoting new 
grant projects. She also intends to 
increase VCU's income from technolo- 
gy transfers — licensing "intellectual 
property" developed at VCU, and start- 
up companies that grow out of faculty 
research. 

The new focus and integration in 
life sciences will generate the large, 
multidisciplinary projects more likely 



to draw larger NIH grants. Irani 
explains enthusiastically, "VCU's 
program will combine the faculty 
expertise and resources of both 
campuses and the VCU Health System. 
All levels of students, from freshmen to 
M.D.s to post-doctoral fellows, will par- 
ticipate. This particular combination of 
diverse faculty expertise and breadth of 
student involvement is unique in the 
country." 

Practical Fascinations: 
Life Sciences 101 

Already, biology alone is the second 
most popular VCU major (the first is 



psychology), with 722 undergraduates 
enroUed. Capitalizing on that interest 
is Life Sciences 101, the signature 
course for the University's sweeping 
effort, co-directed by Huff and Dr. 
Joseph Chinnici, director of undergrad- 
uate education in life sciences. 
Incoming freshmen and transfer 
students interested in any life science 
major will get a dynamic, extensive 
overview of all that VCU has to offer. 
The course structure is similar to 
VCU's popular public "mini-med" 
lecture series. "We've arranged for the 
stars of the faculty to give one or two 
lectures each," explains Dr. Hermes 



Physical Plant: The Cent( 




BY PAMELA BODKIN 'SIBIS/H&S 

ou notice the rooftop greenhouse 
first, the sun glinting off the 
angled panes at the southwest 
comer of the building. The new 
- ■ -*' $28.1 million Center for the Life 
Sciences has taken root at the comer 
of Cary and Harrison Streets on the 
Academic Campus, and its branches 
will stretch much farther, throughout 
the city, state and nation. As a "center 
for excellence" it will combine VCU 
resources and faculty from both 
campuses. The building serves all 
levels of life science, from first-year 
f undergraduates to the University's 
2 star researchers. 




"Our students will receive world-class 
training and instruction in state-of- 
the-art facilities, " says biology chair, 
Dr. Leonard Smock. 



The second most popular degree 
program at VCU is biology, with 
722 undergraduates and 46 graduate 
students. About 140 are enrolled at the 
Center for Environmental Studies, and 
425 study biomedical engineering, 
chemistry, physics, and mathematical 
sciences. Majors in pre-health sciences, 
from pre-physical therapy to pre- 
medicine to pre-radiation sciences — 
even pre-veterinary medicine — add 
up to 808 more. Most VCU undergrad- 
uates complete at least one or more 
life science courses as part of their 
degree program. 

"The building will significantly 
upgrade the teaching and research 
facilities available for Life Sciences 
on the Academic Campus. Students 
will now have state-of-the-art class- 
rooms (both lecture and laboratory) 
in which they will receive world- 
class training and instruction," says 
Dr. Leonard Smock, chair of the 
Biology Department. 

The new building forms a quad 
with Oliver Hall, so chemistry, mathe- 
matics, physics and science education 
will be conveniently across the court 
from facilities and offices for the 
Biology Department and the Center 
for Environmental Studies. 

"Biology faculty," Smock contin- 
ues, "will be leading major research 
efforts in the building in such areas 
as molecular cell biology, genetics, 
immunology and physiology, 
molecular plant and animal system- 
atics; neurophysiology; ecological 



genetics; barrier insect ecology; and 
aquatic ecology." 

"My students and 1 are thrilled 
with the prospect of new facilities and 
equipment that actually work when 
we turn them on," comments physiol- 
ogist Dr. Jennifer Stewart. "Both 
teaching and research will benefit." 

The four-floor facility houses 18 
undergraduate laboratories, including 
one reserved only for student research 
projects, and general biology and 
anatomy laboratories. Special labs for 
advanced courses and research include 
genetics, botany, physiology, ecology, 
molecular biology and microbiology, 
and two computer labs for bioinfor- 
matics computing. There are walk-in 



SHAFER COURT 12 CONNECT 




Kontos, vice president for health 
sciences and CEO of VCU Health 
Services, "so these young people will 
hear from top professionals on a range 
of issues, such as surgery at a distance 
and the use of genetic techniques to 
identify causes of psychiatric disease." 

Students will meet for two one- 
hour lectures a week on the medical 
campus. In a third class period on the 
academic campus, students will have 
discussions, make presentations and 
do projects on provocative and wide- 
ranging topics. "This is active student 
learning," Chinnici remarks. "There is 
so much that an interest in science can 



lead to. This course will give new 
students a taste of the kinds of research 
going on in many different areas, and 
the opportunities available to upper- 
classmen — as well as experience doing 
research with some of the major 
players in their fields today. This is a 
full-scale attempt to integrate the two 
campuses. We want students to feel 
that the medical campus is part of their 
undergraduate experience." 

These new programs, Kontos con- 
tinues, are "essentially the glue that 
will connect the undergraduate studies 
related to health and biology with the 
medical and engineering schools in 



what we hope and expect will become 
a nationally prominent program. It 
will attract a new population of 
students, not only those with medical 
school as a goal. There are many 
careers in the sciences related to 
biology and life that are independent 
of medicine." 

After a look around in Life Sciences 
101, students can choose from tradi- 
tional fields, including science educa- 
tion, or from four new five-year 
Master's programs being developed in 
environmental science, bioinformatics, 
biotechnology and forensic science. 

(CONTINUED, PAGE 1 5) 



' for the Life Sciences 



storage freezers and two chambers 
where temperature can be regulated for 
experiments. Two large lecture halls 
are equipped for multimedia presenta- 
tions. Students can put in a few pro- 
ductive minutes or a couple of hours 
between classes in a comfortable, 
networked study lounge. 

Every seat in the smaUer class- 
rooms and benches in the laboratories 
will be wired for computers. "The 
computers are a great step up from the 
laptops we previously had to keep 
locked away in cabinets and then set 
up for each lab," comments Dr. Bonnie 
Brown, director of the Ecological 
Genetics Laboratory. 




A professor will be able to discuss a 
topic and pose a question. Groups or 
individual students can turn to the 
Internet to work up their answers. New 
courses and team teaching by a broad 
range of faculty will affect all levels of 
students, from incoming freshman to 
M.D.s and Ph.D.s. 

The 3,000-square-foot greenhouse 
can be contioUed for humidity, light 
and temperature and supports three 
different environments^Jesert, ttopics 
and milder Centtal Virginia climates. 

A specialized aquatics facility in the 
basement has up to 20 research tanks, 
some holding up to 400 gallons of 
water, for observing both marine and 
freshwater fish and amphibians. Brown 
will be working in the aquatics facility. 
"In that room, special temperature- 
conttolled tanks will be available 
where I can house the diploid and 
triploid grass carp that we keep as refer- 
ence fish for ploidy tests." 
r "My ability to conduct research 
: will be greatiy enhanced in the new 
building," says Dr. Rob Tombes, a 
molecular cell biologist. "I'll be able 
to culture cells in my lab instead of 
; down the hall. I'll have a connected 
_ room for radioactivity work, a fume 
< hood, distilled water lines in the lab, 
2 and a darkened room for microscopy. 
- Space is critical. I have student projects 
I now, but just not enough space to 

I The 3,000 square-foot greenhouse 
° will support three climates — desert, 
^ tropic, ami Virginia-temperate. 

< 

SUMMER 13 2001 



house those students. Teaching facili- 
ties are also state-of-the-art and in a 
connected building. 

"The design is appealing because 
other faculty with similar interests and 
employing similar techniques are right 
down the hall. This will be a great asset 
at VCU, and faculty in the Biology 
Department are extremely excited." 
Stmck by another advantage, he adds, 
smiling, "It also doesn't hurt to have a 
tennis court right next door!" 
TIk official opening and dedication oftlie 
new Center for the Life Sdetices will be 
September 20, 5 pm. 

Pamela Bodkin is a Richmond freelance 
writer and food editor for dotcom 




Classroom seats and laboratory 
benches are wired for computers. 
There are walk-in storage freezers 
and two chambers where temperature 
can be regidated for research projects. 



C~7rT3r:^' 



. r 



Students and 
professors won't 
be circling con- 
crete parking lots or 
city streets to find park- 
ing space at Virginia Com- 
monwealth University's newest 
"classroom." A 30-minute drive 
down scenic Route 5 takes you to 
the new Inger and Walter Rice 
Center for Environmental Life 
Sciences. A lush sUce of land along 
the James River, the Center will 
tremendously enrich the Depart- 
ment of Biology and VCU's Center 
for Environmental Studies. 

Richmonder Inger Rice, widow 
of U.S. Ambassador Walter Rice, 
donated the 342-acre property. 
Hardwood forests of hickory, pine, 
oak and beech, grassy fields, an 
extensive wildlife population — 
including bald eagles — and a 70- 
aae lake make this an ideal 
outdoor living lab for students and 
faculty. 

The site is a gem because it's so 
wild, yet so close to VCU's urban 
campus, observes Dr. Greg 
Carman, director of the Center for 
Environmental Studies. "Students 
can hear a classroom lecture on 
wetlands and, in 20 minutes, they 
can be standing up to their knees in 
swampy water to apply what they 
just learned," Carman told the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. Students 




can apply lessons in environmental 
engineering and chemistry, environ- 
mental epidemiology, ecoinformatics 
and other fields of study. It's an ideal 
setting for hands-on research in 
ecology, environmental sciences and 
natural resources management. 

VCU's Vice Provost for Life 
Sciences, Dr. Thomas Huff, sees the 
Center developing cross-campus col- 
laborations in fields like environmen- 
tal health, environmental genomics, 
and the study of waterbome 
pathogens in the James River. "It's a 
spectacularly beautiful piece of 
property so close to Richmond," 
stated Huff. "It represents an oppor- 
tunity for VCU to greatly expand our 
activities in ecological studies and 
environmental sciences." 

Rice, a lifelong supporter of inter- 
national and local causes, studied 
interior design at VCU in the late 
1960s. She has also pledged an 
annual trust to VCU, contributing 
$125,000 a year toward the operating 
costs of the Rice Center. "I hope this 
land will be preserved forever in its 
natural state and v^oll benefit a lot 



of people." 
VCU will 
make that 
happen. The 
University has agreed 
never to sell the property and 
to preserve all wildlife, land and 
eco-systems for the study of its 
natural resources. It has also 
promised to raise $3 million over the 
next six years for the project. 

VCU plans community outreach 
and education programs for local 
school districts, state agencies and the 
public. The Environmental Literacy 
and Leadership Forum, for example, 
will offer workshops and classes for 
community and business leaders, 
giving them the information they 
need to understand complex natural 
resource and environmental issues 
and to make good, knowledge-based 
decisions. Community partnerships 
with Maymont Park's new Nature 
Center, the Science Museum of 
Virginia and similar groups wUl 
maximize the Center's potential. 
"In the past, much like other 
environmental studies programs at 
urban institutions, we have had 
certain restraints. With this new gift, 
any constraints have evaporated," 
says Carman. Like mist burning off in 
a summer dawn. 

Writer: Pamela Bodkin 
Photos: Robert Fedders 










S H A H E R COURT 14 C N N E C T 1 O N .S 



Each of these areas of study repre- 
sents an important new job market in 
the early part of the 21st century," says 
Huff. "What we're trying to do is figure 
out where the jobs are going to be," 
Irani continues. "Clearly, we're going 
to need a lot more biostatisticians and 
bioinfomiatics people, because that 
field is growing like crazy. Clearly there 
are going to be thousands of jobs in 
forensic sciences. The whole question 
of the environment is becoming a 
larger and larger issue." 

In Richmond, VCU has access to 
the Virginia Biotechnology Research 
Park, a VCU-City of Richmond collab- 
oration adjacent to the MCV Campus; 
to the state forensics headquarters; and 
to professionals in government and 
business in the state national capitals. 
These opportunities for professional 
speakers, internships, and hands-on 
understanding of science and health 
and science policy are definitely an 
advantage for students thinking about 
and preparing for specific careers. 

Synthesis 

The new curricu- 
la, particularly 
bioinformatics 
and biotechnolo- 
gy, will pull inter- 
disciplinary teams 
from faculty on 
both campuses. 
"This is the one 
true university- 
wide effort," says 
Dr. Francis 
Macrina, director 
of the Philips 
Institute for Oral 
and Craniofacial 
Molecular 
Biology at VCU. 
"People in the 
hard sciences and 
the soft sciences 
will start to talk 
to each other. The landscape will really 
change. This really seeks to bring the 
University together so that the whole 
is greater than the sum of its parts." 

The planned Center for the Study 
of Biological Complexity illustrates 
Macrina's point, dissolving barriers and 
integrating research in different disci- 
plines. Microbiologist Dr. Greg Buck 
will direct the new Institute. "Like 
other Centers at VCU," he says, "it will 
draw faculty from a number of depart- 




ments." The Center will 
pull fi-om VCU 
strengths — in 
genomics, proteomics, 
microbial genomics, 
pharamacogenomics, 
human hereditary 
diseases, and cancer 
research. "We'll be beefing up bioinfor- 
mafics. We are hiring new faculty now, 
this spring and summer." Some 
research will be focused in the new life 
sciences building — the bioinformatics 
computation center on the first floor 
and a satellite nucleic acids lab on the 
third. Across the court in the 
Chemistry Department, proteomics 
will be strengthened. Combining 
findings from both campuses, the 
Institute will give an exponential push 
to researchers' efforts to understand life 
better, to know more, to see more pre- 
cisely into biological complexity. 

New facilities on both campuses 
include the brand new Lois E. and 
Eugene P. Trani Center for Life 
Sciences on the Academic Campus, the 
Rice Center for Environmental Life 
Sciences on the James River, and 
expansion of research and freatment at 
the Massey Cancer Center. In the new 
building, says Biology Department 
Chair, Dr. Leonard Smock, "Biology 
faculty will be leading research efforts 
in fields from molecular plant and 
animal biology to neurophysiology 
and aquatic ecology." Dr. Greg 
Garman, director of VCU's Center for 
Environmental Sciences, adds, "Faculty 
will have all of the modern instruc- 
fional technology at their fingertips." 

The 342-acre Rice Center is a rich 
site for terrestrial and aquatic research 
and instmction, with pine and 
hardwood forests and a 70-aCTe lake. In 
his Elske v. P. Smith Lecture to students 
this spring. Smock spoke about 
"hydropolitics," one of the social and 
environmental areas where VCU 
faculty and graduates can help find 
solutions. Forty percent of the world's 
population depends on water flowing 
from other countries. "We need to for- 
mulate on a regional basis long-term 
water objectives and a plan to reach 
them," he said. 

The Rice Center will also offer com- 
munity outreach and education 
programs for the public and neighbor- 
ing school districts. Through partner- 
ships with local organizations like 
Maymont Park's new Nature Center, 




For Dr. Greg Gcinnan and this VCU grihlimte 
stiidmt, the catch of the day is crucial information 
to keep Virginia waterways vital. 

the Science Museum of Virginia, the 
Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, 
and the Governor's School in 
Medicine, VCU Life Sciences will send 
its influence directiy into local and 
state communities, in service projects 
and education. 

"VCU Life Sciences, therefore," 
Trani sums up, "will be conducted as a 
total teaching, research, and public- 
service effort modeled after the mission 
of our other Centers of Excellence." 

For environmentalist Garman, the 
increase of knowledge and intense 
focus on the living planet are hopeful 
and exciting. "VCU's interdisciplinary 
research teams and broader, more 
exciting science education can make 
new things happen. We'll find new 
ways to live that preserve our environ- 
ment, mitigate or cure disease, and 
enrich our quality of life." 

Michelle Rosman writes regularly for 
Richmond's Innsbrook Today and 
Home Style. 



SUMMER 15 2001 



BODY OF WORK 



BY ROSE ELLIOTT '95MFA AND DOUGLAS VANN 



What is the human body made of? How does it work? How does 
it relate— to otlier bodies, human or animal? Where does it fit into 
the ecology or interact with the environment? What is our place— 
or places— on earth? Ultimately, who are we as physical beings? 
The human body itself is an emblem of biological complexity. 

Alumni and faculty, not only scientists, but artists, physicians, 
athletes and dancers are exploring these questions. Like a 
computer model, or a CT-scan, the subject rotates, offering differ- 
ent perspectives. A mental image may be minutely focused on 
internal mechanisms, or bodies in space from the inside out. 
Networks of nerves, tissue and bone all conspire to create expres- 
sions of life, as intricate as they are dynamic. 

IN BALANCE 

As head of the cardiovascular lab at the NASA Johnson 
Space Center in Houston, Texas, Janice Meek '83MS/H&S 
has worked with the U.S. astronauts "every time they've 
tlown" on NASA missions since 1991. It was Meck's team 
that conducted John Glenn's evaluation after his recent 
mission. 

Meek and her colleagues study the effects of space flight 
on the autonomic control of the astronauts' circulation, on 
ventricular dysryhthmias of the heart during long flights, 
and on other physical effects of space 
flight. "Side effects of space travel" 
seems a breathtaking understatement. 
Surely "side effects" from such a radi- 
cally different environment would be 
incalculable? But then, calculations are 
what a scientist does. In fact, Meek has 
written several landmark papers chal- 
lenging scientists' ideas of the limita- 
tions the body places on space flight. 

Her colleagues must be convinced. 
She has won the Presidential Early 
Career Award for Science and 
Engineering as well as the Rotary 




3i:^j\^J^^^ 



Dr. Janice Meek reminds John 
Glenn's heart which way is up. 

Meek (left), Dr. Dommick 
D'Aunno (subject) and Donna 
South, the echo cardlographer, 
practice an operational tilt test. 
"Any test we use on the astro- 
nauts is practiced in the office 
on all the people who will be 
participating in the study many, 
many times before we actually 
do the test on an astronaut," 
Meek explains. 




National Space Achievement Stellar 
Award in the same year. VCU's College 
of Humanities and Sciences named her 
Outstanding Alumna for 1998. 

Before a launch. Meek and her 
team go into the quarantine area with 
the asti:onauts and collect data on their 
pre-flight physical condition. Later, 
"we go to every landing and continue 
to evaluate them." 

When astronauts return from space 
they often have trouble maintaining 
their blood pressure standing up, and 
may even faint during the first days 
back on earth. They have adjusted to 
weightiessness; and now the cardiovas- 
cular system must fight gravity's pull. 
Well, yes, but how, precisely? 

Meck's research finds "pretty clear 
evidence of autonomic dysfunction," 
apparentiy because a lack of norepi- 
nephrine release temporarily diminish- 
es the blood vessels' ability to maintain 
pressure. The astronauts lie on tilt 
tables while their vital signs and fluid 
levels are monitored in an effort to 
someday prevent this potentially 
dangerous side effect of flight. Each 
crew member's level of dehydration is 
carefully evaluated on both short and 
long flights. 

A stint in space can result in a 10 
percent loss of the body's plasma. 
Meek explains. Living in a low gravity 
environment on the ship results in 
increased fluid output. The astronauts 
drink "Asti-oaide," a drink designed to 
balance their bodies' chemistries. 
Meck's lab is also testing a new drug, 
Midodrine. A dose one hour before 
landing should help prevent fainting. 

The cardiovascular lab at the 
Johnson Space Center shares research 
and ideas with the space programs of 
Germany, Russia and other countries 
to advance space travel and explo- 
ration. Work in Meck's lab has been 
continuously funded by NASA, NIH 
and other agencies. 

Tme to her passion for biology, 
Janice Meek lives near her work in "a 
house on a bayou near High Island," 
the site of a National Audubon 
Sanctuary. She returns to Virginia 
whenever possible to visit. Her son, 
Taylor Sprenkle, is a VCU graduate 
student in biology, studying molecular 
markers of evolution. "He's thriving 
there," she says. "It's such a wonderful 
nurturing environment." 



SHAFER COURT 16 CONNECTIONS 




"Attention goes outside the body and 
comes back in, to make thought." 
Attention's Loop, Elizabeth King, Page 16. 
Photo (above) by Katherine Wetzel, 
page 42. 

"ATTENTION'S LOOP" 

Like scientists, artists, are in the 
business of observation. In her 
book, Attention's Loop, Elizabeth 
King, sculptor and VCU profes- 
sor focuses on the process itself, follow- 
ing the link — the continual loop — 
between body and mind. 

"What if even the most fleeting 
ruminative fragment of our mental life 
involves immediate sensation or body 
motion — or the memory of them? 
Then these phenomena. . . must be 
central to the unfolding of our con- 
scious relations with the world. 
Attention goes outside the body and 
comes back in, to make thought." 
(page 16) 

King stands in her studio, watching 
her sculpture. Pupil. The puppet is 
crafted in wood, porcelain, brass and 
glass, with joints engineered to flex 
and rotate as closely to human as 
possible. Critic Leah OUman com- 
mented in Art in America, October, 
2000, that the sculpture is at once 
"insistently nonhuman, its joints and 
workings nakedly exposed. . . [yet] 
uncannily alive." 

Piipil gazes with its lifelike eyes into 
an ominous distance. "Sculptures don't 
exactly look back at us," muses King. 
"We can't ever quite maneuver into 
the seeming line of sight. . . . [Yet] its 
very 'hereness' promises the possibility 



of direct eye contact. Sailptors have 
always worried about this." 

With King's work the sculpture is 
both the object — what we see — and 
the subject — itself actively examining. 
It's an attempt to look at us, seeing. For 
25 years King has been creating 
puppets, in her own image and that of 
her mother and grandmother. All of 
them are in a sense, self-portraits, self- 
reflection. The puppets are smaller 
than life-sized, almost as if to fit inside 
our heads as we think about them. 
Often, they are arranged with a hand 
poised in f^ont of the inquiring face, 
forefinger and thumb touching. It's a 
gesture not unlike the mudras, hand 
gestures of the Buddha — images of 
meditation, of awareness. 

In 1999, King published Attmtion's 
Loop: A Sculptor's Re\'erie on the 
Coexistence of Substance and Spirit, 
which chronicles the intellectual, 
sensual and practical aspects of 
creating her work. The loop represents 
King's inquiry into the nature of per- 
ception, self-reflection, and identity. 
What happens physically, she 
wonders, when we pay attention to something? Are sensa- 
tions and perception a unified whole, or are they two 
separate but symbiotic functions of the body? Does the act 
of looking at something ttansform the thing that is seen as 
well as the seer? 

The range of questions these sculptures pose is reflected 
in the variety of places where King has shown them — the 
Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Allan Stone Gallery in 
New York, and at the American Psychiatric Association's 
annual meeting. VCU named her its faculty Distinguished 
Scholar in 1992. 

King has paid intense and technical attention to the 
physical side of her subject. In search of "an eye for an 1," 
she learned the structure and function of the eye as it 
focuses, and ttaveled to Lauscha, East Germany to learn a 
unique process for blowing glass eyes. There's a sense that 
if she can get the physical side right, the function precise, 
then somehow the soul will inhere and take up residence. 
It does. 






SUMMER 17 2001 




Patrick Linton is an anesthesiol- 
ogist who wakes people up. "I 
try to make medicine work into 
the normal lifestyle of people." 



"KEEPING BODY AND SOUL TOGETHER 

In his practice, Dr. Patrick Linton '80BS (Chemistry) '81BS 
(SocioIogy)/H&S tries to "make medicine work into the 
normal lifestyle of people." Linton practices and teaches in 
the Department of Anesthesiology at NYU Medical Center. 

He explains that once, "just coming into the hospital 
required major changes" in lifestyle, but now, "things are 
faster, less intmsive, there is better confidentiality. Patients 
need to have a pleasant experience in the hospital and get 
back to their regular routine as soon as possible." As a 
physcian, Linton is looking at the "economies of medicine, 
finding ways to make medicine more efficient." The 
economies he is thinking about can be an advantage for the 
patient as well as for the hospital or the health insurance 
company. 

In his own discipline, the advent of minimally invasive 
surgical techniques — and cost-control limits on hospital 
stays — means more and more patients come into ambulato- 
ry surgery units for their procedures. To accommodate this, 
many new anesthetic dmgs take effect faster and wear off 
sooner. New technology for monitoring patients under 
anesthesia results in a "higher degree of predictability for 
outcome," says Linton, and this brings patients a higher 
degree of safety and satisfaction. Confidence is a good 
healer. 

At NYU Medical Center, Linton is an anesthesiologist for 
patients in all service areas including pediatrics, neuro- 
surgery, obstetrics and general surgery. His specialty is 
managing the fluid and electrolyte balance for patients in 
major gastrointestinal surgery. Linton uses a combination of 
general anesthesia and epidural blocks for post-operative 
pain management. Less pain means less physical stiess on 
the body, so patients can breathe deeper after surgery and 
become mobile sooner. 

As an African-American, Linton realized early that 
"minorities have always needed a platform from which to 
be taken seriously." Medicine is a powerful platform from 
which he can reach other African-Americans — energizing 
young people who need direction, and getting their parents 
to take care of their health. Here's an anesthesiologist who 
wakes people up. 

"The greatest health problem for African Americans is 
prevention," he says firmly. People don't take care of them- 
selves." Again, Linton has to make medicine fit into lifestyle. 
"I know you work three jobs, but you have to make time to 
take care of your health — annual checkups, prostate 
exams — so when your children grow up, you'll be there for 
them." If money is a problem, he reminds them "there are 
free clinics, and volunteers — I'm one of them." Staying well 
is cheaper than waiting until you are really sick to see a 
doctor. He smiles, "Pay me now, or pay me later and pay 
more." 

Linton, a surgeon tiained at Mount Sinai Hospital in 
New York, practiced a personal "economy of medicine" 
when he retrained in the flexible field of anesthesiology to 
spend more time with his wife. Dr. Denise Joy Harrison, also 
an M.D., and their four children, who are 7, 6, 5 and 3 years 
old. He is very conscious of being an alternate role model for 
young people. 

"I go into the schools. For the 10 to 12-year-olds, 1 let 
them see they don't have to be Michael Jordan, that they 
can accomplish things in many other ways. I open up possi- 



bilities for them." The 17 to 20-year- 
olds, especially young men, are often 
stalled in their own anger. "Stop being 
bitter about what happened 300 years 
ago," he tells them. "There are oppor- 
tunities out there, but you have to 
prepare yourself so you'll be ready for 
them." Using his own life and success, 
he emphasizes, "It didn't just happen 
this way. I set it up." 

Linton himself had a sttong model 
in Dr. Gerry Bass, professor and chair 
emeritus of chemistry, a well-loved 
advisor and still a friend for hundreds 
of sttidents. "He brought out the best 
in me," Linton says quietly. "He 
guided me to reach my fuU potential." 

ALL NATURAL 

"That stiiffll kill you." Someone is 
always ready to say this about refined 
sugar, sugar substitutes, genetically 
modified (GM) foods, coffee. Coke, 
even meat. Well, will it? What does the 
expert say? 

Dr. Shelley Harris is an environ- 
mental epidemiologist in VCU's 
Department of Preventive Medicine 
and Community Health and in the 
VCU Center for Environmental 
Studies. Her answer is — perhaps. "Did 
you know that — assuming average 
consumption of wine, beer, coffee, 
black pepper, or cinnamon, over a 
lifetime — your risk of cancer from any 
one of these compounds is likely 
higher than your potential risk of 
cancer due to dioxin exposure?" 

Often, she says, people overrate the 
"natural" over the "synthetic." Why is 
it that people are afraid of synthetic 
environmental estrogens, but eat large 
quantities of tofii for their health? "If 
the phytoestrogens occurring naUirally 
in soy can reduce the symptoms of 
menopause, why do we think they are >? 
safer than the esttogens in the physi- 
cian-prescribed patch?" 

In her classes, Harris asks students 
to "rank the potential human health 
risks associated with smoking, driving 
cars or motorcycles, guns, prescription 
dmgs, pesticides in foods, and food 
additives," among others. As in other 
studies of public opinion, VCU 
students rank pesticides and food addi- 
tives at or near the top risk. | " " 

She notes, "We know that '¥ * 
smoking is responsible for a tremen- 
dous number of deaths each year from 
lung cancer and heart disease, but we 
are very uncertain about the health 
effects (if any) of ttace levels of pesti- 



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SHAFER COURT 18 CONNECTIONS 




"A labeling requirement for 
all genetically modified foods 
would allow people to control 
their exposure by not buying 
them — and this will likely 
reduce their perception of 
the potential risk." Dr. Shelley 
Harris is an environmental epi 
demiologistatVCU. 



cides or additives 
in foods." Why 
do people see it 
tliis way? "We are 
afraid of what we 
don't know and 
can't control. So, 
since most people 
consider smoking 
a voluntary 
exposure, it may 
be ranked less 
risky." Take the 
cunent contro- 
versy over geneti- 
cally-modified 
foods. "A labeling 
requirement for all 
GM foods would 
allow people to 
control their 
exposure by not 
buying them — 
and this will likely reduce their percep- 
tion of the potential risk." 

It was a serious environmental 
killer that shocked Harris into her field. 
Visiting Jamaica as an agriculture 
major, she saw "Jamaican workers 
spreading granular pesticides by hand 
over horticultural crops." They were 
using organophosphorus insecticides, 
which are highly toxic to humans. So 
Harris returned to Canada to earn a 
Master's degree and later a Ph.D. in 
environmental toxicology, focusing on 
human pesticide exposures. Her 
research on a herbicide called 2,4-D, in 
both residential and occupational 
settings in Canada, is still used to inter- 
pret the Food Quality Protection Act in 
the United States. 

Harris develops methods to 
measure and predict environmental 
"^^exposures in both children and adults, 
which means more precise epidemio- 
logical studies of health risks. 

Research at VCU into air pollutants 
nitrogen dioxide and nitrous oxide 
revealed that indoor concentrations 
(primarily from gas stoves) of N02 and 
NO were higher than outdoor concen- 
trations. "Since people spend approxi- 
mately 90 percent of their time 
indoors, CTacking a window open (yes, 
even during hot summers when the air 
iy conditioner is running) will increase 
*^ the air exchange in the house and 

reduce contaminant levels." 
■^5;, She adds, "Air-tight housing works 
>. wonders for energy conservation, but 
greatly contributes to poor air quality." 



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Ironically, one of President Bush's few concessions to energy 
conservation was to retain a program for weather-stripping 
housing of poor Americans. On another decision, Harris 
observes, "His decision to reverse the arsenic standard is 
consistent with his environmental record — and many of us 
would argue that he has none." 

Among other awards, Harris received the John R. Brown 
Prize for Research, University of Toronto in 1998, for the 
best applied research project in the analysis and improve- 
ment of occupational and environmental health. But she's 
most proud of her recent approval for permanent residency 
in the United States. She received the EBl classification of 
"Alien of Extraordinary Ability," in part for her "original sci- 
entific contributions of major significance in the field of 
environmental health." 

PERSONAL TRAINER TO VCU 

Perhaps no one coach sees more athletes from so many 
sports than Tim Kontos. As strength and conditioning 
coach for all 14 VCU teams, he's the personal ttainer for 
every VCU athlete, design- 
ing and monitoring indi- 
vidualized programs. 
Kontos works with players 
on flexibility, nutrition, 
and rehabilitation, using 
weight tiaining to 
strengthen and condition 
their bodies for high per- 
formance 

Kontos is also part of 
the VCU healtii family. 
His father is Dr. Hermes 
Kontos '62HS '67PhD/M- 
BH, vice president for VCU 
Health Sciences. His two 
older brothers are cardiolo- 
gists — Dr. Michael Kontos 
'88MD '95HS/M at VCU 
Health Systems, and Dr. i i* 

Christopher Kontos ^ ^» 

'89MD '90-93HS/M at ^ 

Duke University Medical ^M 
Center. 

When an athlete first comes to 
him, Kontos conducts a thorough 
assessment of body mass, muscular 
strength, muscular endurance, body 
fat, explosive power, flexibility and 

body weight. Kontos and the team coach make a condition- 
ing plan for the team, and then Kontos individualizes an 
athlete's routine and supervises workouts. "A program must 
be tailored to the specific player and not her teammate." 

"Conditioning must be kept up year round," he notes, 
or the strength and stamina an athlete depends on goes 
missing in performance. In off-season, Kontos is on, because 
that's when a team has time to train. He works with the bas- 
ketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, field hockey and women's 
ttack teams four days a week for an hour and a half in their 
off seasons. 

VCU's coaching staff records tiaining as weU as perfor- 
mance on video. In playback, Kontos can show athletes 



SUMMER 19 2001 




Basketball player L. F. Likcholitov, a senior from St. 
Petersburg, bench presses close to 300 lbs. "With 
those long arms, that's a lot of weight to move," 
says trainer, Tim Kontos. 




"It's a fact that America Is 
getting bigger. Not fat, just big. 
They still want style," says 
jeans designer, Chris Nicola. 



exactly where a move could be a lot more effective with a 
bit of adjustment. 

In training, for example, he can make a back squat more 
"sports specific" to basketball. Normally, with a weight 1.5 
to twice his body weight on his back, an athlete does a deep 
knee bend until the tops of his thighs are just below parallel 
to the floor. ("It is rare to see a basketball player in this 
position unless something has gone wrong with the play," 
Kontos observes drily.) 

On court, basketbaU players need a fast and flexible 
response to gravity's pull. "Studies show that reducing the 
weight to 30 percent of their one rep max — the most weight 
they can lift for one complete repetition — greatly increases 
power." 

For practicing explosive jumps, less squat — to the 'defen- 
sive stance' or the 'power position' — "makes him stronger 
and faster in the range of motion he'll use on the court." 

Besides building strength, flexibility and stamina in 
movement, Kontos oversees what athletes eat — not always 
easy for students. "Nutrition is 24-7," Kontos insists. "You 
can work hard on the court for two hours a day six days a 
week, lift hard for an hour four days a week; but then you 
can go home and not worry about it. With nutrition you 
have to plan ahead and pay attention all day, seven days a 
week, 365 days a year." 

Kontos keeps VCU athletes off the "Andro" (a popular 
supplement) and into the basics — "four to six small meals a 
day with a high concentration of carbohydrates, moderate 
protein, and relatively low fat." To start, an athlete keeps a 
food diary. A computer-analysis shows any deficiencies, so 
the student can design a personal balanced diet. 

With supplements or in training, fiercely competitive 
athletes can push too hard. "There is 
always the possibility of 'overdoing it.' 
That's where I come into play. A big 
piece of program training is knowing 
how much of what to do, and when." 
Kontos continues, "One person may 
undertrain while another may over- 
train on the same program." The key is 
a "well supervised weight training 
program." 

Kontos has been lifting weights 
himself since he was sixteen, and he's 
been a competitive power lifter for 
eight years. In 1998, he finished 
second in the "Dead Lift" Nationals. 
"It's a passion of mine," he stresses. "If 
I can take one individual and help 
them go with their skills beyond what 
they would have otherwise, it is very 
fijlfilling." 

FIT 

Since the '60s, jeans have been an 
emblem of comfort and individual 
style. They adapt and mold to the 

body like no other item of clothing. Every pair of jeans is 

unique, almost a fashion collaboration between designer 

and the individual body. 

"My company," says Christopher Nicola '89BFA, 

president of Todd Oldham jeans, "takes on the task of 




making real jeans that fit America's 
young adults with a designer name at 
an affordable price." 

The company spent five months 
developing their first jeans, "the City 
Flare," a low Rise five-pocket jean. 
American Flare and Dare 2 Flare 
followed soon after. The work paid off 
when Todd Oldham was recently 
chosen by In Sh'le magazine for having 
two of the best fits for your body. "The 
Flare line offers about five different fits 
of jeans and about fifty fabrics," Nicola 
explains. "We offer the different fits 
because every girl is not the same — 
some are boy-shaped, some are curvy. 
But, all of them want what looks sexy 
and current. It's all in how you think a 
customer wants to interpret the line: 
'NOT HOW YOUR MOTHER 
WOULD.'" 

It's an approach refreshingly differ- 
ent from much of the fashion industry, 
where too often the "waif" image of 
young women predominates, spread- 
ing to other media as well. (Something 
your mother definitely wouldn't like.) 
VCU's Fashion Chair and mother 
Christina Lindholm disses Ally McBeal: 
"Show me a lawyer who would walk 
into a courtroom dressed like that — 
that's not a skirt, it's a napkin." 

Nicola is selling jeans, after all, the 
quintessential comfortable fashion, to 
real people. "Our approach to advertis- 
ing is to use real models that are not 
perfect bodies. Our photographer 
captures candid shots of today's youth, 
doing what they do every day. No 
parent would object or find our ads 
offensive in any way." 



5HAFER COURT 20 CONNECTIONS 



He continues, "It's a fact that 
America is getting bigger. Not fat, just 
big. It's no exception with America's 
youth. They still want style. The bigger 
concern is actually being healthy. 
There is nothing wrong with being big 
as long as you're healthy." 

Although Nicola's got commercial 
appeal when it comes to marketing 
jeans, he has an alternative edge. His 
company has a jean, for example, in a 
light sandblast with a military stripe 
down each side — in sequins. In a witty 
and socially conscious about face, the 
jeans are usually shown with a T-shirt 
that reads "Make love not war" in 
black glitter on a rib with camouflage 
blue arms. 

This spring, for the second time, 
Christopher Nicola came to VCU to 
critique a fashion class and choose the 
best student design in denim. This 
year's winner is junior Irene Reinhard, 
who fashioned a hiphugger and halter 
in dark blue denim lit up with 2, 100 
rhinestones. ("I was fortunate to get 
the kind you iron on," Reinhard 
comments.) Her design will be part of 
Todd Oldham's show "7th on 6th" in 
New York, and adopted into the Todd 
Oldham Jeans line for mass produc- 
tion. "Definitely a resume builder," 
adds Reinhard gratefully. 

"I would have never achieved 
success without VCU, so I believe in 
supporting the University and contin- 
uing to have a wonderful relationship 
with the Fashion Department that 
gave me the education I worked 
SOOOO...SO...SO hard for," says Nicola. 
For designer, department and student, 
it's a good fit. Wears well, too. 

RUNNER'S HIGH 

"I love racing and challenging myself 
and others." Six-time All American in 
NCAA Track and cross country, Maria- 
Elena Calle'OlBS/AH, a senior at 
VCU, was named to the 2000 GTE 
Academic All-America First Team in 
2000. Calle holds every school record 
from 1,000 to 5,000 meters indoors 
and 800 to 10,000 meters outdoors. 

Maria-Elena comes from Cuenca, 
Ecuador, "a small, but beautiful city," 
at 10,000 feet altitude with year-round 
temperatures of 65-75°. She has been 
mnning since she was nine, when a 
tiack coach came to her classroom to 
ask who was interested. When her best 
friend raised her hand, so did Maria- 
Elena. In Ecuador, running "was just 



something else to do after school," Calle says. "1 always 
did it for fun. I guess I started to get serious when I came 
here to VCU." 

"Train high, race low" is mnners' wisdom, so growing 
up in the thin air of Cuenca's high elevation made the sport 
a natural for Calle. When she placed 54th in the World 
Cross Country Junior Championship, scholarship offers 
started flying into Cuenca. Coach Julian Spooner recmited 
Calle for VCU. "I decided to come to VCU because I wanted 
to become an occupational therapist, and the University has 
a great program. I knew Mr. Spooner was going to be a good 
coach and that 1 was going to mn fast times." 

"Yes, sometimes I feel like I have to ask my body to do 
more than it wants to do. Most athletes feel that way, but 1 
know — at least in my case — it is all mental. You do not 
always have good races, and it is natural to feel sad and 
upset. When things are going badly, you have to stay 
positive and do all that is in your 
power to change things around." 

Calle's positive attitude was sorely 
tested. In Fall 1997, her sophomore 
year, she was hit by a car and sidelined 
all year. "1 just had finished a run. I 
remember looking at my coach, about 
50 meters ahead of me — I wanted him 
to stop and look at his watch. Next 
thing I knew I was on the ground. The 
car stmck me from behind. It hurt 
pretty bad." 

Calle's leg was broken, her back 
strained, and "almost all the skin came 
off my elbow." She couldn't mn for 
three months and couldn't race for a 
whole year. "I had to work very hard 
to get back in shape. In the beginning I 
was mnning in an aquajogger in the 
pool and lifting weights." After three 
months she was up to a 10-15 minute 
daily run. "When I started to mn and 
race, I had lots of pain and aches on 
my leg. That went on for about a year, 
and then the pain went away. My 
coach believes that I can accomplish 
great things and that helps me a lot." 

This year, she broke the record for 
the 1,000-meter indoor at the 
Collegiate Invitational Febmary 1 7. 
Her time in the 5,000-meter had 
improved from 17:59 three years ago 
to 16.06 last year, when Calle broke 
the school record for the 5,000. She 
won the 5,000 meters at the CAA Track 
and Field Championships April 20, 
earning her third CAA title. Calle took 
fourth in the 5,000 (16:34.50) at the 
East Coast AC championships in Princeton, in May. She has 
thel9th-fastest time in the country this season, and Coach 
Spooner thinks they will take the top 20 in the June NCAA 
10,000. 

"I believe in myself. When you win a medal or trophy 
or break school records, then you know that whatever you 
did, mnning in the cold, in the wind, in the dark or the rain 
was worth your time and dedication." 




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"It is all mental. When things are going badly, you have to 
stay positive and do all that is in your power to change 
things around," comments Academic Ail-American runner, 
IVIaria-Elena Calle. 



SUMMER 21 2001 





"I've always been 
interested in the way 
people inventor 
re-invent themselves 
with what they wear," 
says lewelry designer, 
Louise Norrell. Some 
of her inventions, 
above. 



REINVENTING THE SELF 

In Athens, Georgia, Louise Norrell 
'81MFA walks past a line of bright 
shops. The sky is serenely clear, the 
weather warm, and the sun casts its 
light through a window into a display 
where sapphires and rubies glitter 
invitingly. A woman in the shop 
fastens a diamond necklace around her 
neck, and Norrell stops to admire the 
transformation. Instantly, the 
woman's entire demeanor changes 
Fi^ VI^^SB '^'"'^ ^^^^ "^ ^^ ordinary woman to 
W^HSI^^flJ that of a luminous queen. 
n ^^Bi^^» "I've always been interested in the 

way some people invent or re-invent 
themselves through a look and with 
what they wear," comments Nonell. 
Voted 1992 Retail Designer of the 
Year by Jewelers of America, Norrell thinks of her work not 
only as an accessory to the body's beauty, but as a reflection 
of the emotional self of the wearer. "Jewelry becomes a very 
personal look, an accessory that you get to look at a lot over 
time. It's also an accessory that can create a lot of senti- 
ment." 

Norrell, owner of Metalhead, Inc., creates jewelry that is 
"mostly normal, very wearable, and contemporary." It is set 
apart from other jewelry by Norrell's extensive use of texture 
and unexpected details. She continues, "I try to make every- 
thing as comfortable as possible so it can be worn just about 
all the time." Almost like clothes, Norrell's jewelry "fits," 
physically and emotionally. 

The asymmetrical silver setting of a garnet ring is 
striking, but it is also "forged in such a way that it fits very 
well on the hand; the curve fits neatly in the space between 
the fingers." Gold earrings with garnets "sit up on the ear so 
that the overall shape shows up well from a distance." A 
basket weave texture "reflects light well, but keeps the 'look' 
from being too slick and flashy." An opal pendant rests nat- 
urally on the breastbone, hanging from a flexible link, 
"almost the way bones are connected." 

"My work today grew out of my earlier work at VCU, 
and I don't think less of it because it's marketable. I want 
my jewelry to be accessible and wearable." Norrell's success- 
ful business, Metalhead, Inc., is a testament to that accessi- 
bility. Her work is on the web at 
www.guild.com. 

FEELING AND FORM 

"As humans our personal living space 
is our sanctuary. We choose objects for 
that space which give us the most 
comfort and practical use." Sitting on a 
comfortable, contemporary chair at 
home in Philadelphia, Wendy 
Wiesner '99BFA reflects on the emo- 
tional attachment humans feel 
towards their furniture. The parts of 
the chair she sits in, for example, are 
named after human parts: arms, legs, 
back. "The physical and psychological 



connection furniture makes to the 
form offers comfort and creates 
mood." 

Wiesner develops her own furni- 
ture in many different materials. She 
uses a variety of woods — exotic jatoba, 
pale ash, walnut. Bonowing from 
industry for craft, she uses stainless 
steel mesh (wire cloth), fiberglass and 
polyester resin. 

Often, her materials dictate design 
by their inherent qualities. Wire cloth 
can be shaped into subtle curves, 
"creating a tiansparent mass while 
reflecting light," an effect Wiesner has 
used in doors for cabinets and a table 
with shelf. The cast resin top on a floor 
lamp lights with a soft amber glow. 

Wiesner attributes much of her 
growth in the furniture design industry 
to an apprenticeship with Jack 
Larimor, a prominent studio furniture 
designer/maker in Philadelphia. Her 
work is represented by the Wexler 
Gallery there. Wiesner received her 
highest honor yet when she was 
invited to show her work with other 
outstanding studio furniture artists 
in "casepieces: contemporary studio 
furniture" at the Elvehjem Museum of 
Art in Madison, Wisconsin from April- 
June 2002. "I am stiU in disbelief." 

"These pieces create mood and 
express our indi- 
viduality, which 
strongly affects 
the energy of a 



"[Furniture] creates 
mood and expresses 
our individuality, which 
strongly affects the 
energy of a body's 
personal space." No 
one |ust sits there on 
a chair by Wendy 
Wiesner. 





SHAFER COURT 22 CONNECTIONS 




body's personal 
space," she 
comments. 
"When I design 
pieces the aes- 
thetic qualities 
and function are 
equally impor- 
tant. The human form dictates the util- 
itarian qualities, while the materials 
and form develop the originality." 

BODIES, REST 
AND MOTION 

On her journey celebrating the body, 
Ann Hedly '95BFA has found a way to 
"happily marry my love of dancing 
and my talent as a mover and seer of 
movement to the financial reality of 
life in New York." She dances with the 
Mark Jarecke Dance Company and 
teaches at Rasa Yoga in Manhattan. 

Hedly trained in Irmgard Bartinieff's 
Fundamentals. Related to a baby's 
developmental patterns, these are 
patterns of body connectivity — naval 
radiation from the core to limbs, or the 
head-tail connection down the spine. 
"The center of gravity is in the pelvis. 
The center of levity, for lightness, is 
higher, in the chest. Depending on the 
move, you would focus from one place 
or the other." 

In 1997, Hedly began working with 
Mark Jarecke. "I felt very artistically 
connected to him." At VCU, in her 
improvisation classes, teachers who 
were unafraid to keep learning them- 
selves had "opened my curiosity and 
awareness to the unknown." Jarecke 
asks dancers to go beyond, "to get 
away from all the things we're good at 
and focus on the task at hand." In 
warmups, the dancers practice "doing 
a movement, say, dropping to one 
side, in the most efficient way." 

The process of learning a new 
dance is mutual. Instead of explaining 
his idea behind a dance, or the story it 
tells, the choreographer explains the 
movement he wants. He and the 
group investigate the expressiveness in 
those movements. "I allow my body to 
express it as clearly as I can." The 
meaning is in the moves, kinetic, not 
verbal. "Mark's method allows me to 
rediscover myself with movement." 

In performance, "He wants you to 
be very present, in a kinetic way." 
Jarecke hires professionals to do 
makeup and clothes, "which allows 
dancers to do the dance work. You 






prepare by placing yourself in 
the 'kinesphere,' the space 
around you. Can I feel my heel 
in the floor? I'll stretch an arm over 
my head to a precise place in that 
space. In perfonnance, I'm not trying to 
make it 'beauttful, or good' anymore. I'm 
just being with the movement." 

A dancer lives in the body's physical 
connections and movement. "Yoga 
brings me into the worid in a new 
way," she explains. "Yoga is about 
patterns in the body's energy." She has 
studied Siddah yoga, which is devotional 
and meditarive; Kundalini yoga, which uses 
breathing to awaken energy at the base of 
the spine; and astanga yoga, a series of 
postures to purify the body's energy. "I teach 
a very gende yoga, to bring people into an 
awareness of their bodies. 1 get students to relax; 
and once you relax, you can repattern the 
body's movement. In dance this is very 
important, learning one's need to repattern." 

"This practice has changed my life," 
she offers. Vinyasa is the name for the flow 
of energy in life; it has a beginning, a middle 
and an end, going from light to full exertion 
and back to less exertion as the day winds 
down. Following this awareness, she enters a 
pattern which gets the most out of all stages 
of her days. 





"[Choreographer Mark Jarecke] wants you to be 
very present, In a kinetic way." Dancer and yoga 
teacher Ann Hedly absorbs wisdom from an 
expert on living in the moment. 



"The body Is an unlimited field to explore. 
Every day I start again — which may sound awful; 
it doesn't go along with our product-oriented 
culture. But in a way, it's a wonderful thing." 

Douglas Vann is a VCU senior English major, 
who wrote about Elizabeth King, Christopher 
Nicola, Louise Norrell and Wendy Wiesner. 
Rose Elliott, who wrote the other profiles, is a 
poet, a freelance writer and a writing teacher. 



TOM CARAVAGLIA 



SUMMER 23 2001 




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Cookin' their hearts out are presidential chets 
Ken Magill '65BS/B '69MS/E, Marsha Shuler '74BS 
'791VIA/B, and Dan and Joan Rexinger 
'86BGS/H&S 



Early days of the African American Alumni 
Council with Michelle Jones 'SyBS/H&S and 
Gall Nottingham'82MPA/H&S, second 
Council president. 



RECTOR OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, CABELL LIBRARY 

The VCU Alumni Association began with a few people 
marching across the stage in the Mosque auditorium to receive 
their diplomas from the Richmond Professional Institute in 
June of 1950. Its roots reflect the self-motivating work ethic of 
its students that is VCU's enduring hallmark. 

Several early attempts had been made to form an Alumni 
Association for graduates of RPI and its predecessor, the 
Richmond School of Social Work. One group even elected 
officers and published a newsletter in 1940. But after the second 
meeting, the looming war took priority, and alumni activity 
shut down for the duration. In 1947 Dr. Margaret Johnson, 
Dean of Women, announced the formation of an Association 
in the student newspaper, Prosaipt, but the paper trail stopped 
there. 

With the flood of veterans entering college via the GI Bill, 
RPI graduates nearly tripled between 1948 (99 graduates, 9 
men) and 1950 (280 graduates, 148 men). These students 
brought a new spirit personified in Bailey Condrey '50BS/B, a 
29-year-old World War II veteran who, in the midst of complet- 
ing a business degree and working part-time, decided there 
should be an Alumni Association and mobilized fellow class- 
mates to get it done. 

Tlie Class of 1950 elected a temporary Executive 
Committee in May, which drafted a charter, "but we were just 
holding the Association together" says 
Bailey, until permanent officers could be 
elected. So Bailey and the others spread 
the word about the Association, enlisting 
members and scouring their ranks for per- 
manent officers. 

In September, 1950, the first official 
newsletter, which included a ballot to 
elect officers, went out to 215 new 
Association members. Jack Creasy 
'42BFA was elected the first president, 
and on October 21, the temporary and 
permanent Executive Committees met to 
tiansfer authority. Richmond Chapter 
President Kathleen Bullard '41BFA was 
an able and joyful party giver, so the 
Association organized the first fall 
Homecoming celebration, held in the 
Winter Garden of the Hotel Richmond at 
9th and Grace. 

A legal charter was notarized in 1951, 
making the RPI Alumni Association 
official. 



Hurdles and Headway 

Startup hadn't been easy. Dean and 
founder, Dr.Henry Hibbs, was reluctant, 
thinking that alunmi might want more 
control than he thought appropriate. But 



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Cookin' All the 
Way — 50 Years of 
Alumni Support 



graduates like Kathleen and Jack persist- 
ed, keeping hand-written lists of alumni 
and paying for supplies and stamps out 
of their own pockets. They finally won 
over the founder, who gave them a Hny 
office in the basement of Ginter House — 
then the Administration Building. 

Hibbs even funded a full-time execu- 
tive secretary, James King, for one month 
to go through school records and locate 
graduates; the Alumni Association took 
over after that, paying a part-time secre- 
tary. 

The official mission of the organiza- 
tion was "to promote the best interests of 
the Richmond Professional Institute, its 
Alumni and students, and to assist in the 
furtherance of its educational efforts." 
According to classmate Asa Watkins 
'41BFA, "Kathleen had a wonderful orga- 
nizing mind. She never forgot anything. 
She was a great leader of organizations." 
And Creasy later organized half^no, 
two-thirds — of the arts associations in 
Virginia. 

They got to work. For alumni, the 
Association organized and sponsored Fall 
Homecoming events and encouraged the 
creation of local chapters to attract new 
members through social events. For 
students, they funded a scholarship in 
1954, giving $125 to cover a semester's 
tuition. For the school, they encouraged 
local chapter members to visit high 
schools and recruit seniors to RPI. 
Chapters quickly formed in Richmond, 
Roanoke, Staunton, Tidewater, 
Washington, Baltimore and New York 
City. 

Dr. Hibbs' relationship with the 
emerging Association ran from coopera- 
tive to strained. The Association's 
founding coincided with a difficult 
administrative period at RPI. Dr. Hibbs 
met with the Executive Committee to 
notify them that a split from the College 
of William and Mary was "inevitable 
because the two groups have found it 
impossible to work together, and because 
the Board of Visitors of William and 
Mary is antagonistic toward RPI." He told 
them that RPl's Board had voted to 
approach the University of Virginia 
about affiliation and, if that failed, to ask 
VPI. While Hibbs respected the fledgling 
Association enough to bring this news 
personally, he wasn't asking for their 
advice. 



After Hibbs left the meeting, the 
executive secretary turned in her resigna- 
tion, agreeing to stay on until the follow- 
ing June, "on the conditions that she be 
requested to make no personal contact 
with the Dean and that the Dean be 
informed of this." The problem blew 
over when Katherine BuIIard stepped in 
as peacemaker, her role on countless 
occasions in her long service to the 
Association, and Dean Hibbs agreed to 
provide the secretary with a more 
suitable accommodation. 

Dr. Hibbs' attitude to the Association 
is best characterized as ambiguous. He 
appreciated their intentions and support, 
yet he was always sensitive to any hint 
that the Association might dismpt his 
vision for the school. 

One thing the 
Association shared 
with Hibbs and RPI 
was the eternal tight- 
ness of money. Money 
problems dogged the 
Association through- 
out the 1950s and 
'60s. At one time the 
newsletter went out 
two months late, "due 
to a lack of envelopes." 
The Association occa- 
sionally arranged loans 
from RPI, but at one point the 
Association president used his car as 
collateral for a bank loan. Top funding 
priorities were fall Homecoming and 
semester scholarships. Other plans 
stayed on the drawing board because of 
insufficient funds. 

Cobblestones to Cornerstones 

Despite the constant cash flow problems, 
a group of dedicated alumni kept the 
organization together during the 1960s 
and even increased membership. 
Especially important were the efforts of 
brothers George '52BS/B, Donald 
'59BS/B and Daxid Norris '63BS/B, 
Jim Dunn '62BS'72MS/B, and Bob 
Lindholm '50BS/H&S. Provost George 
Oliver saw the potential of the Alumni 
Association and was sttongly supportive. 

In the 1960s, RPI would reinvent 
itself twice, and alumni would have to 
adapt to working with a school vastly dif- 
ferent from the small, homogenous alma 
mater they remembered. In 1962, the 




Bailey Condrey 




Kathleen BuIIard 



1950 

Temporary Executive 
Committee formed, 
Bailey Condrey 
'50BS/B, president 
drafting charter, 
attracting members 

September 

First alumni newsletter 
includes ballot to elect 
officers 

October 21 

Transfer of authority to 
first officers: John 
Creasy '42BFA, 
President Kathleen 
BuIIard '41BFA 
Richmond Chapter 
President 

First Homecoming 
Dance, Winter Garden 
Hotel, 9th and Grace 

1950s 

Chapters form in 
Richmond, Roanoke, 
Staunton, Tidewater, 
Washington, Baltimore 
and New York City. 

»1951 

Legal Charter of the 
RPI Alumni Associa- 
tion recorded 

1954 

First alumni-funded 
scholarship, $125 for 
one semester's tuition 




RPI President 
George Oliver 



1962 

RPI becomes indepen- 
dent no longer a 
division of the College 
ofWilliam&Mary 
First independent RPI 
Board of Visitors 

1964 

Alumni rescue RPl's 
capital budget in the 
Virginia legislature 

1967 

Launch of the first RPI 
Alumni Fundraising 
Campaign 



SUMMER 25 2001 



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^ wealth University. 
Alumni dissolve RPI 
Alumni Association to 
form VCU Alumni 
Association 



1971 

MCU Magazine 

1979 

Drawing from Schools 
and campus alumni 
organizations, 
President Aci<ell 
establishes an Alumni 
Council with a 
University-wide focus. 



1988 

Founders Day tradition 
begins, with outstand- 
ing Alumni Stars from 
each School and 
College 




VCUAA president 
Roger Nicholson 
'68BS/H&S '97PhD/E 



1989 

African American 
Alumni Council: Bruce 
Twyman '74BS/MC, 
first president 




1994 

Shafer Court 
Connections 

199US 

Alumni Honors 
Program Scholarship 
Richard T. Robertson 
Alumni House 
dedicated 

SI .8 million Alumni 
Scholarship Fund, 114 
Merit Scholarships 
created 



legislature approved the split from 
William & Mary. RPI became an 
independent state institution, and the 
legislature expanded the Board of Visitors 
from seven to 13 members. President 
Oliver asked the Alumni Association 
for three nominees for each of the six 
open positions. From this list, the first 
independent RPI Board of Visitors was 
established. 

The carefully cultivated seeds of 
Oliver's relationship with the Association 
began to bear fruit in 1964 when 
Governor Albertis Harrison slashed RPI's 
capital request by 86 percent in his 
proposed budget. Oliver called on the 
Association, as well as students and their 
parents, to write legislators and demand 
more funding for what was now the 
third largest college in the state. The 
community outcry convinced the legisla- 
ture to spend $1.5 million more in 
capital ouday. Just two years after this 
showdown, the state would grant RPI 
another $5 million. 

In 1967, as part of its 50th anniver- 
sary celebration, RPI launched its first 
fundraising campaign aimed exclusively 
at alumni. The campaign's slogan, to 
"Replace Cobblestones with 
Cornerstones" (RPI had become known 
as the cobblestone campus because of its 
cobblestone streets and walkways), asked 
alumni to become "Cornerstones" by 
donating $100 or more toward the 
$30,000 needed for anniversary events. 

Richmond Professional Institute's 
existence as an independent entity was 
short-lived. Just six years later in 1968 
the state legislature, in a move to create a 
comprehensive research university, 
united RPI with the Medical College of 
Virginia to form Virginia Common- 
wealth University. The Alumni Associa- 
tion eagerly moved forward with the 
University, officially chartering the VCU 
Alumni Association (Academic Division). 

VCU scrambled to develop its infra- 
structure — from new faculty hiring and 
tenure policies and budget procedures to 
aligning admissions procedures — iir the 
midst of merger tensions from both 
campuses. University leaders realized that 
now more than ever it was essential to 
communicate directly with alumni. VCU 
Magazine debuted in 1971. A jump up 
from its predecessors, the Magazine 
(actually a tabloid) was professionally 
written, designed and published by VCU 
staff with an "emphasis on feature 
material rather than dated news items." 

VCU Alumni Council 

VCU's second president, T. Edward 
Temple, reenforced the value of alumni 
support. He began an organizational plan 
to bring alumni from both campuses 
together to work for the University. 



Temple's untimely death postponed that 
plan, but his successor. President 
Edmund AckeU followed through. In 
1979, AckeU drew from School and 
campus alumni organizations to set up 
an Alumni Council with a University- 
wide focus. This complex organization 
was hard to staff, but for the first time 
the mutual support between alumni and 
VCU was institutionalized. 

This new alumni organization 
operated mainly at the School level 
through the 1980s, helping VCU develop 
an alumni annual giving program. 
Alumni organized a pyramid of alumni 
calling alumni from their Schools to ask 
for support. Along with their fundraising. 
School-based groups sponsored 
Distinguished Alumni Awards, helped 
with graduation and organized myriad 
social events. The VCU Alumni 
Association was a hub for exchanging 
information and organizing campus- 
wide events. Because a majority of 
alumni lived within 20 miles of campus. 
Association outreach was almost exclu- 
sively local. Except for VCU Magazine, 
alumni outside of Richmond had little 
contact with VCU. 

African American Alunmi 
Council 

Another group wath tenuous ties to VCU 
was the quickly growing body of African- 
American alimmi, who crossed over the 
traditional lines of alumni identification 
with a specific school or department. By 
1989, there were more than 4,000 
African-American alumni who had virtu- 
ally no contact with VCU — and many of 
them felt it had not been much different 
when they were on campus. Alumni like 
Bruce Twyman '74BS/MC and Gail 
Nottingham '82 MPA/H&S 'wanted to 
tie the interests and concems of African 
Americans to VCU and make a strong 
connection with the University," for 
alumni and for students, Bmce 
explained. 

In 1989 the African American 
Alumni Council was formed under the 
VCUAA umbrella, with Twyman as presi- 
dent. Since then, the African American 
alumni population has grown to over 
8,0(X) and the Council has become one 
of the Association's most successful 
groups, sponsoring annual reunions, 
many student programs and two scholar- 
ship endowments. 

Other groups under the Association 
umbrella include the Association of Real 
Estate Alumni, several arts groups, and 
an incipient Honors alumni group. 



SHAFER COURT 26 CONNECTIONS 



Alunini-to-Students 

In the late 1980s the Association looked 
to its roots for direction, again seeking to 
serve alumni, students and the 
University. Recruiting new students was 
an Association priority from the first. In 
the '80s and '90s, alumni talked up VCU 
at college fairs, hosted receptions and 
staffed calling nights for prospective 
students. The Student Alumni Extern 
program has matched more than 400 
students with alumni for intensive work- 
place shadowing. The START program 
matches new graduates leaving 
Richmond with alumni in their new 
location to help them make a new place 
home. The enduring spring cookout for 
more than a thousand admitted 
freshmen and their families sums up 
alumni energy and dedication — "Now 
We're Cookin'." 

Harking back to the early 
Association's emphasis on Home- 
coming, the Association seized on VCU's 
150th anniversary celebration in 1988 
(dating to the founding 
of the medical school) to develop 
Founders Day as an annual reminder of 
VCU's traditions, with the Alumni Stars 
celebration to recognize alumni achieve- 
ment. Programs like Com-mencement 
Breakfast, Reunion, and the SO Year Club 
for alumni celebrating the 50th anniver- 
sary of their graduation have grown. 

Adult Responsibilities 

Emerging from the 1980s, the 
Association was still a teenager, financial- 
ly dependent on VCU. Steps toward 
independence were VCUAA Membership 
with annual dues in 1990, expanded in 
1997 by a Life Membership program. As 
its income grew, the Association estab- 
lished a scholarship endowment for the 
Honors Program and began to provide 
direct financial support for alumni 
programs, freeing University money. 
Affinity marketing programs brought 
services like life, auto and major medical 
insurance and travel to alumni and 
Association members, while building the 
Association budget. 

Revenue from dues and affinity 
programs got some of those visions of 
the '50s out of the desk drawer and onto 
campus. A year ago, the Association 
opened the new Robertson Alumni 
House, a gigantic step from that first tiny 
office in the basement of Ginter House. 
The Association took on its adult respon- 
sibilities through an Alumni scholarship 
campaign, leveraged from gifts in 
support of the House. The Association 
created a $ 1 million challenge fund 
which has aeated 114 endowed merit 
scholarships. Those early alumni who 
put students first would be delighted to 
see a whole forest grown from the seed of 





that $125 semester scholarship. 

Throughout the '80s and '90s, some 
of VCU's most capable, most dedicated 
alumni built the Association to build the 
University. Alumni like Tony Smith 
'69BS/H&S, Roger Nicholson 
'68BS/H&S '97PhD/E, Ben Brown 
'75BS '76MS/B, Peggy Adams 
'87BGS/H&S, Nick Orsi III '65BS/B, 
Stephanie Holt '74BS/B, Marilyn 
CampbeU '81BS/B, 
Ken Magill 
'65BS/B '69MS/E, 
Marsha Shuler 
'74BS '79MA/B 
and Hugh Keogh 
'81MS/MC are a 
few of the active 
board members 
who grilled hot 
dogs and climbed 
through construc- 
tion (and waded 
through estimates 
and bills). They 
would tell you they 
had the most fun doing it. 

Throughout this growth, the 
Association and University worked to 
keep alumni and VCU connected. In 
Shafer Court Comiectiom and an interac- 
tive website (back cover), alumni can 
reconnect with classmates and celebrate 
their achievements. And VCU can tell its 
alumni about the growth and accom- 
plishments of their alma mater. 

Advance, Alumni! 

There is no past without 
a future, and the third 
millennium holds 
promise for more change 
and adaptation for VCU 
and the Alumni 
Association. As VCU 
increases its emphasis on 
science and engineering 
and attracts more "tradi- 
tional" full-time students, alumni inter- 
ests and needs will change as they 
graduate into the alumni body. And as 
the large number of graduates from 
VCU's rapid expansion in the 1970s and 
'80s have families, the Association must 
focus on serving them as part of the VCU 
community. 

The point of all this? Alumni have 
chosen to make VCU a part of their lives 
and it's the Association's mission and 
responsibility to make that partnership as 
productive and life enhancing as 
possible. 



Update your news of us and our news of you 
at our newly interactive website: 



50 Year reunion — Lucille 
"Andy" Anderson Baber 
'39BS/H&S, Mary Laurie Smith 
Cooke '37BFA, Louise Peck 
Dill '39BFA. 

Alumni Reception, 1980s 




At the Valentine Museum, 
Arts alumni party, rain or shine! 



www.VCU-riCVAlumni -org 



SUMMER 27 2001 



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1950s 

•Janice (Coomber) Haag '59BS/H&S is a bookkeep- 
er at Yosemite Credit Union in Yosemite National 
Park, CA. She lives in Mariposa, CA. 

1960s 

*William Seville 'BBBSW is the college sales and 
regional acquisition editor for Prentice hall 
Publisher Company, of Pearson Education. He 
earned the Top Performer Award in Business and 
Economics for 2000, an award he also won in 1994, 
1995, and 1997. He lives in Richmond. •"Loryn 
(Holcomb) Brazier '62BA/A owns Brazier Fine Art 
gallery in Richmond where she lives with her 
husband, Doug. Her portrait, The Trustees, of the 
founding Board of VCU's School of Engineering, 
wasfeatured in American Anist\u August, 2000. • 
Frank Britt '64BS/MC is president of the Britt 
Agency in Forest, VA. He lives in Lynchburg, VA. • 
*Doulgas Burford 'BBBS/MC is president of Burford 
Company Advertising in Richmond. His clients 
include Christian Children's Fund, Community Pnde 
Grocery Stores, Henrico Doctor's Hospital, and the 
State Fair of Virginia. •*Carolyn (Johnston) Fowler 
■69AS '71BS/B is president of HR Diversified 
Solutions, LLC in Charlottesville, VA where she lives. 
• John Gaddy III 'GBBFA retired from Gaddy Adv. and 
is in the real estate business. He lives in Monroe, 
NC with his wife, Sharon and has two children. Amy 
and Josh • *Harmon Gordon '67BS/B is the branch 
head of general accounting at the naval station in 
Norfolk, VA. He retired March 31, 2000 after 31 years 
of federal service at the Department of Defense. 
Harmon was responsible for the accounting opera- 
tions for the Defense Finance and Accounting 
Service (DFAS) in Norfolk. He lives in Virginia 
Beach • Sandra (Trettel) Grabman '68/B is business 
manager of First United Methodist Church in 
Duncan, OK where she lives with her husband, Roy. 
She is writing a biography of actor Albert Salmi, 
who died in an apparent murder/suicide in 1990. The 
book will also deal with depression — signs, 
symptoms, what to do, and how to help. Sandra was 
featured on Mysteries and Scandals, a national 
television program on the El channel recently. She 
also has two sons. Buz and Steve. • Claudia Levy 
'68BA/H&S is library director of the post library for 
the U.S. Army in Fort Eustis, VA. She lives in 
Newport News, VA • Elizabeth (Phillips) Maggs 
'65BFA wrote and illustrated a children's book, Oo 
Homel The True Story of James the Car published 
by Albert Whitman & Company. Elizabeth was the 
first full-time illustrator for the Martin Agency. She 
lives in Richmond with her husband Philip Meggs 
'64BFA '71MFA. They have a son, Philip and a 
daughter Elizabeth Meggs '99BFA. • *N. Theresa 
Nackley '68BS/H&S was a Library Media Specialist 
at Walker Upper Elementary School in 
Charlottesville, VA. She remarried and moved to 
Louisville, KY. • George Roland 'GSBFA is a visual 
artistwhose video work with Joan Meggitt, 
Momtorerfappeared in Mercyhurst College's 
Cummings Gallery on January 20, 2000 in PA. The 



artists say it "raises questions about everyday life, 
where desires, communications, financial transac- 
tions... can be monitored in a variety of ways." 
George's Recent l/Korte exhibited interactive, 
computer-generated work. He has been a professor 
of art at Allegheny College since 1979. He is also a 
painter and printmaker. George's works have been 
shown atYoungstown State University and the 
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh's annual exhibit at 
the Carnegie Museum of Art, where he earned the 
Charles Hettinger Memorial Prize. ''Ben Scafidi 
■66BS/B retired as president of Dick Strauss Ford on 
March 31, 2000. He works part-time for 
Commonwealth Catholic Charities. He lives with his 
wife,*Cecilia in Midlothian, VA. 'Wesley Terry Jr 
'68BS 'SIMS/H&S is chief deputy of the Washington 
County Sheriff's Department in VA. He has been in 
law enforcement for 32 years as a foot patrol police- 
man, motorcycle officer, accident investigator, 
police science instructor, violent cnme and covert 
drug investigator and in law enforcement adminis- 
tration • Sue (Bingenheimer) Truman-Hufnal 
'64BFA creates commissioned stained glass panels 
from her home art studio in Dividing Creek, NJ. She 
retired from 20 years in human services working 
with elderly, developmentally disabled and physi- 
cally and emotionally challenged people. -John 
Woodruff '69BS/B is manager of premise sales for 
the Atlanta district of BellSouth Advertising and 
Publishing Co. in Tucker, GA. He lives in Snellville, 
GA • *Janet Worsham '68BME ^SMEd retired early 
from many years as a musician, educator, conduc- 
tor and humanitarian. She lives in Richmond and 
has fond memones of VCU from years past. 

1970s 

"Barbara Allen '76BS/H&S is a veterinarian at 
Forest Animal Hospital in Forest, MS, where she 
lives. • Eppie Anderson '72BFA teaches language 
arts to gifted students at Cartersville School in 
Cartersville, GA. She recently owned a design 
business "J. Michael Andrews '79BS/MC is media 
and communications coordinator for the City of 
Virginia Beach where he lives with his wife Jo Ann 
(Thorsen) Andrews ■79BS/MC and their children He 
retired from the U.S. Navy after 21 years of service 
as a public affairs officer and commander. Michael 
served around the worid, most recently as special 
assistant for public affairs to the commander at the 
Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk. •*Daniel 
Atkinson ■77BS/H&S 'WCIB has been a systems 
engineer at EDS Corporation in Glen Allen, VA for 5 
years. He works in the business process manage- 
ment division on state Medicaid accounts. He lives 
in Highland Spnngs, VA. • Deborah (Brooks) Bowen 
'78MSW is a teacher at Coconut Creek Elementary 
School in Coconut Creek, FL She received special 
recognition from her school for her contributions to 
their program. • Tracy (Taylor) Brewer '76BS/E is a 
reference librarian at the Watauga County Public 
Library in Boone, NC. She lives in Blowing Rock, NC. 
• *Kathy (Hamilton) Brown ^SBS '85MS/E is an 
instructor at N.C. State University in Raleigh, NC. 
She lives in Hollysprings, NC. • *Ann Buford '75BS/B 
works at Stamie Lyttle Company in Richmond where 
she lives. Her daughter, Lindsay recently began 
attending VCU. • Donald Burriesci '75MSW is presi- 
dent of the Alliance for Seniors and A Touch of Care 
Inc., a private home health care and CNA educa- 
tional company. He was installed in the Equestnan 
Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Donald 
lives in Chesterfield, VA. • Larry Buster '75BFA 



wrote The Art and History ofBlacl< Memorabilia 
published by Clarkson Potter Publishers. He 
includes well-known facts about the world of black 
memorabilia, an African American historical 
timeline, photos and articles on the care of specific 
collectibles. It is the first illustrated book on the 
subject. Larry earned the 2001 Honor Book award 
from the Black Caucus of the American Library 
Association (BCALA). He is an art director at 
Consumer Reports magazine as well. Larry lives 
with his wife, Doretha in New Rochelle, NY. • 
Melinda Childress '71 BFA works at ERA OakCrest 
Realty Inc. of Winchester, VA. She has been in real 
estate since 1986. She is a certified residential spe- 
cialist and a member of the President's Club. 
Melinda also has her associate broker license. She 
IS a history fellow at Shenandoah University and 
served on the boards of Preservation of Historic 
Winchester and the Shelter for Women. • Rebecca 
Clarke '79C/B is a substitute teacher at Hermitage 
High School of the Henrico County Public Schools in 
Richmond. • Robert Clay ■74BS 'OIMS.C/B graduat- 
ed in May, 2001 from VCU with an MS in global mar- 
keting management and a Certificate in direct mar- 
keting. He was chosen by the Direct Marketing 
Educational Foundation to attend the D.M. 
Marketing Seminar Symposium in NYC. Robert lives 
in Richmond • Anne Cooper-Chen '79MS/MC is the 
director of the Institute for International Journalism 
at Ohio University. She is currently researching 
entertainment TV in Beijing, Hong Kong, and 
Nagoya, Japan. Anne is updating her 1994 book on 
game shows around the worid. • Linda (Brooks) 
Cornette '71 BFA married William Cornette '79DDS 
on November 6, 1999. She works at James River 
Capital Corporation in Manakin-Sabot, VA. He owns 
his own practice in Hampton, VA. They live in Surry, 
VA • Leneida Crawford ■76BS/H&S is assistant pro- 
fessor of voice and vocal division leader atTowson 
University in Baltimore, MD where she lives. She is 
a mezzo soprano and well known soloist in oratorio 
and recital venues, as well as singing in opera. 
Leneida has performed in Vienna and 
Murzzuschlag, Austna, in Mexico City and the US. 
The New Yorker acclaimed her as "an exceptional 
new performer" for her work in the Maryland 
Handel Festival's production of Agrippina. Leneida 
has performed at Carnegie and Avery Fischer Halls, 
the Kennedy Center and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. 
She has recorded on the VOX label and appeared 
on CBS and PBS. Leneida is a guest artist and 
faculty member at the Fairbanks Summer Arts 
Festival 'Joseph Curtin '70BA/H&S is country 
director of the Peace Corps in the Kyrgyz Republic 
where he lives. He was director of major giving with 
the External Affairs Department. He has worked in 
the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand and Lebanon. • 
Vernon DrinkwaterJr'75BS/E sells real estate part- 
time and works with the school system in Virginia 
Beach where he lives. He is studying for a teaching 
certificate at Old Dominion University. Vernon 
hopes to see fellow alumni in the area. ' *Lynn Doss 
■74BSW is a social worker at Appomattox County 
Social Services in Appomattox, VA where he lives. 
He was appointed to represent Appomattox on the 
Board of Directors for Central Virginia Community 
Services Board and the Central Virginia Area 
Agency on Aging. ' Karen Edelmann '78BFA is a full 
professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College in 
Tarrytown, NY where she lives with her husband, 
Ed. She is coordinator of the art program and 
teaches drawing, painting and digital arts. Karen's 



SHAFER COURT 28 CONNECTIONS 



paintings are exhibited at galleries in Richmond, 
Charleston and NYC. She hopes to hear from old 
friends. • Rex Ellis 'TABFA is vice president for the 
historic area at Colonial Williamsburg. He was chair 
of cultural history and curator of African-American 
history at the Smithsonian Institution's National 
Museum of Amencan History in Washington. Rex 
has written several books, including Beneath the 
Blazing Sun: Stories from the African-American 
Journey and With a Banjo On IVIy Knee. • Mark 
Emick '71BS/E is the first dean of workforce devel- 
opment services in the Virginia Community College 
System. He was assistant to the president at 
Virginia Western Community College. Mark lives in 
Roanoke, VA. 'Virginia Encila '78BFA teaches art in 
Tucson where she lives with her husband and three 
daughters. She earned the Southern Arizona Middle 
Level Teacher ofthe Year award in 1996. ••Arthur 
Foley 7188/8 retired after 12 years in financial 
administration atthe University of North Carolina at 
Asheville, most recently as vice chancellor for 
financial affairs. He was elected president of the 
Southern Association of College and University 
Business Officers atthe 72nd meeting in Louisville, 
KY. Arthur lives in Colorado Springs, CO. • Laurie 
Gibson '75BFA is senior marketing manager for the 
U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center in 
Alexandria, VA. She lives in Springfield, VA. • C. 
Warren Green Jr. ^SIVIPA is vice president of 
Concept Developments, Inc. with The Hollingsworth 
Companies in Clinton, TN. He had been real estate 
director for the Prince George County Virginia 
Industrial development project since 1997. Warren 
is on the Board of Directors of Virginia's Heartland 
Partnership. He is retired from the U.S. Army 
Reserve, having received several awards. Warren 
lives with his wife Myra and daughter Pryor in 
Farmville, VA • J. Andrew Hagy '778S/IVIC is an 
associate with Advantis Commercial Real Estate 
Services specializing in commercial and industrial 
properties and economic development consulting 
statewide. He is in the second year of his four-year 
term representing the Three Chopt District on the 
Henrico County School Board. Andrew lives in Glen 
Allen, VA with his wife, Katherine and two children, 
Lauren and Mariellyn. • Wayne Hamilton '75MFA is 
principal at Acoustic Vision Productions in St. Paul, 
MN where he lives. He released a CD of original 
music in 2000 endorsed by the Minnesota 
Association of Songwriters for excellence in lyrics, 
melody and song structure. Wayne was a finalist in 
the 1999 and 2000 New Folk Songwnting Contest at 
the Minnesota Folk Festival as well. He is also Twin 
Cities chapter coordinator of Just Plain Folks, a net- 
working organization for musicians with more than 
9,000 members in 30-plus chapters worldwide. 
Wayne earned that group's Founders Award 2000 
for being coordinator of the year. • Ed Hazelwood 
'78BS/IVIC is editorial director of television and con- 
ferences at /4i/iaf;on 1/1/ee/cMcGrawHillin 
Washington. He lives in Arlington, VA. 'Wanda 
(Greenwood) Hollberg '798FA is artist-owner of 
Greenwood Stained Glass since 1979, and teaches 
atthe Hand Workshop in Richmond. Herworkhas 
appeared at many gallenes including the Virginia 
Museum of Fine Arts. ' Lorraine (Saunders) Hoskie 
'77BS/MC is listed in the 1999-2000 edition of Who's 
Who in the South and Southwest She lives in 
Richmond • Paula (McCoy) Huffman '71BSW 
'73MS(RC)/AH successfully underwent a bilateral 
lung transplant atthe University of Virginia on 
March 29,1999. She won a silver medal in the U.S. 
Transplant Games in singles tennis on June 22, 
2000. Paula is a vocational expert at Independent 
Rehabilitation Consulting, Inc. in Norfolk, where she 
lives. ' *Trov Lewis '768A/H&S is pastor at St Giles 
Presbyterian Church in Orange Park, FL, where he 
lives. He served three pastorates in NC. • Rhonda 
Manning '778A/H8iS is deputy executive of pro- 
curement atthe Defense Supply Center in 



Richmond, where she lives. ' *Deanna (Fowler) 
Marechal ■72MSW is a licensed realtor with 
Napier/ERA. She retired from UMFS after 18 years 
as supervisor of infant adoptions. Deanna also 
worked in foster care for Home Based Services and 
was in social work for 32 years. Her daughter, 
Brooke graduated from college in 1997. Deanna 
lives in Richmond with her four dogs. She hopes to 
hear from former classmates. • Carolyn Martin 
'71AS/B is president of Savetaxed.com Inc. in 
Richmond, where she lives. • Lee Mathias 
'72BS/MC teaches high school transportation at 
Cartersville School in Cartersville, GA. ' Mary 
Mattingly '718FA works at Mary Mattingly Design 
& Direct Marketing in NYC, where she lives. • David 
Melton '798FA is senior software engineer at 
Computer Resource Team. He was a private consul- 
tant. • Randi Mitzner '768S/E is project director at 
Education and Assistance Corporation, a vocation- 
al/human services agency in Long Island, working 
with people with substance abuse issues with 
barriers to employment. He was director of industri- 
al training/sheltered workshop services for 22 years 
at an agency working with individuals with mental 
illness and/or developmental disabilities. ' Edward 
Morris •75MS/H&S retired April 1 , 2000 after 33 
years atthe Virginia Department of Corrections, 14 
years as Deputy Director. He plans to do some 
criminal justice consulting and sell art prints of his 
nature and landscape photography. Edward lives in 
Richmond. ' Scott Newsham '79BS/H&S is chief of 
environmental standards for the U.S. Coast Guard in 
Washington. ' •Patricia (Steinmetz) O'Bannon 
'71BS/E earned the YWCA's 2001 Outstanding 
Woman Award in government and politics in 
Richmond. She was the first woman elected to 
Hennco County's Board of Supervisors. Patncia 
helped develop Hennco County's Domestic 
Violence Team and the Coalition for Children and 
Youth. She Is also active in the Chesapeake Bay 
Commission and the Virginia Municipal League's 
environmental quality committee. • *Constance 
Ober '778S/MC and her husband •Carlton Brooks 
III '7588 'SOMS/MC live in Port Haywood, VA. They 
have two children, Meredith and Wister, a mass 
communications major at VCU. • Cristsandra Penn 
'798S/B works at PECO Energy Company in the 
customer/marketing services division in 
Philadelphia, PA. She earned an MBA in executive 
management from West Chester University in 
December, 1999. • •Thomas Phillips Jr ■73MS/B is 
senior vice president at Paine Webber, Inc. He was 
divisional vice president. He lives with his wife, 
•Claudia (Mitchell) Phillips '70AA/H&S in 
Richmond. His daughter is Kelly (Phillips) Grubb 
■93MT. • Stephen Puckett ■74BS/MC is senior vice 
president and executive creative director at 
Brighton advertising in St. Louis, where he lives. He 
was executive creative director at Worldwide 
Partners Incorporated. • Gerald Reisinger 
■70BS/H&S is president of Pennsylvania 
Naturpathic Physicians. He is director of Wilkes 
University Rowing Program and chair of recreation 
for Susquenanna Riverwatch, Inc. Gerald lives in 
Kingston, PA. • Robert Rosenberg ■70BS/MC won a 
fellowship in the Institute of Travel & Tourism, the 
largest travel organization in the U.K. He is president 
and CEO of the Newport Convention & Visitors 
Bureau in Newport, Rl. Robert lives in Portsmouth, 
Rl. ' S. Jackson Salasky ■70BS/MC is president of 
Jackson Express, Inc. He lives in Dallas. ' William 
Sale '71BS/B is operations manager at The Roxxon 
Corporation in Dayton, VA. He lives Harrisonburg, 
VA. ' *Moira Saucer '78BA/H&S is account supervi- 
sor at Prospect Associates in Silver Springs, MD. 
She specializes in health and nutrition communica- 
tions serving clients including the National Cancer 
Institute and the Almond Board of California. Moira 
lives in Takoma Park, MD. • "Cathy Saunders 
'76BSW'82MS/AH is a realtor with Bowers Nelms 



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2001-2002 



SEPTEMBER 26-OCTOBER 5 

VCUAA Alumni College to Greece 

NOVEMBER 16 

FOUNDERS DAY— ALUMNI STARS 

Country Club of Virginia 

DECEMBER 8 

WINTER COMMENCEMENT 

JANUARY 2-11 

Alumni Extern Program 

FEBRUARY 6 

Career Development Council event 

FEBRUARY? 

Career Development Council event 

FEBRUARY 12 

Career Development Coimcil event 

FEBRUARY 13 

Career Fair 

MARCH 11-15 

Alumni Extern Program 

APRIL 6 
Block Party — Now We're Cookin' 

APRIL 20-21 

REUNION 2002 

Academic Campus 

APRIL 27 

Destination Imagination 
Reunion 2002— MCV Campus 

MAY 18 

Commencement Breakfast & Photography 
COMMENCEMENT 2002 



Fonville Long & Foster in Richmond. She recently 
earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) 
professional designation. Cathy has been in real 
estate for over 25 years. ' •Raynor Scheine '70BFA 
was a guest-star on West Wing, Third Watch and 
Diagnosis IVIurderlast season. He played Rustin 
Parr in the Blair Witch Pra/ecf sequel. Raynor also 
appeared in a play at Theater Virginia. He has done 
an episode of Ed and a two-part J/lGthis season. 
Raynor lives in New York. ' Bruce Selznick '78MS/B 
and his wife Sheila Selznick '75BS/0T earned the 
Shofar Award from the National Council of Young 
Israel, recognizing 25 years of service. Bruce is 
president of the board of directors atthe synagogue 
and is Gabbai Rishon of 12 years. Sheila has been 
president of the Sisterhood for over 20 years. They 
are active in resettling "new Amencans" from the 
former Soviet Union. Bruce is seniortax manager at 
Goodman & Company LLP in Norfolk, where he has 
worked since 1980. • 'Marsha (Stroh) Shuler '74BS 
■79MA/B IS senior vice president at Federal Reserve 
Bank of Richmond. She joined the bank in 1974 and 
was assistant vice president in 1 988, and vice presi- 
dent in 1995. She is a member of the VCU 
Foundation Board and is past president ofthe VCU 



SUMMER 29 2001 



Alumni Association. Marsha is a member of the 
board of Virginia 1-to-l:The Mentonng Partnership, 
and a past board chair of Special Olympics Virginia. 
She was awarded the Winning Spirit Award in 1999 
from Special Olympics Virginia. • James Smith II 
77MSW earned a PhD in family life education and 
consultation from Kansas State University in 
Manhattan, KS in December, 2000. He is an assis- 
tant professor of social work in the College of 
Health Sciences at the University of Wyoming in 
Laramie. James is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. 
Army Reserve, a social work officer in the 1835th 
Medical Detachment in Denver. He is a licensed 
clinical social worker in KS, NC and WY and a 
licensed clinical marriage and family therapist in 
KS • Anthony Spirito '78MS '82PhD/H&S is associ- 
ate professor of human behavior at Brown 
University and director of psychology in the child 
division at Rhode Island Hospital, where he has 
worked since 1989. He was elected a Fellow of the 
American Psychological Association for 2001 for his 
exceptional contributions to the research, teaching 
and practice of psychology. • John Steiner '75BS 
'79IVIS/H&S was environmental director of the 1996 
Olympics in Atlanta. He has written Audubon An 
Prints: A Collector's Guide. John lives in Lithonia, 
GA. • Stanley Stoots Jr. 77BS/E '87C/B is director of 
technology at Manugistics in Rockville, MD. • Randy 
Svendsen '72BS/H&S works at the Lear 
Corporation. He lives in Gross Pointe, Ml. • Susan 
Tabor'74BFA IS a wastewater technician at the 
New Mexico Rural Water Association in 
Albuquerque, where she lives. She has two daugh- 
ters, Katie and Carrie. • Ruth (Manson) Thacker 
'74BS/B IS director of human resources at the 
Instructive Visiting Nurse Association in Richmond, 
where she lives. • Gretchen (Heinkel) Thompson 
'78BFA IS marketing manager at The 1848 House in 
Manetta, GA. She lives m Douglasville, GA. • 
Terence Thompson Sr'77BS/B is vice president of 
Wachovia Operational Services Corporation in 
Richmond where he lives with his wife, Karen and 
three children. He is a credit analyst in the Credit 
Card and Retail Credit Group. • *Jewel (Brown) 
Turpin '76MEd retired from the Richmond Public 
School system. She was appointed in 1996 by 
Governor Allen to a four-year term on the Pesticide 
Control Board, and reappointed by Governor 
Gilmore — the only woman ever to sen/eon this 
board. Jewel lives in Richmond. • Catherine 
Vaughan '76BS/E was awarded an R.E.B. teacher's 
grant to visit slave forts and castles in Senegal and 
Ghana. She teaches at Henderson Middle School in 
Richmond. • Richard Voit '71BS/H&S is a psycholo- 
gist in private practice in Danvers, MA. He lives in 
Brunswick, ME • J. Thomas Wadkins III '70BS/B is 
information systems director at the Richmond City 
Sheriffs Office. He lives in Richmond. • 'Barbara 
(Stevens) Wales '76IVlEd married Dennis Wales on 
August 20, 2000, She is assistant director of educa- 
tion at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children at 
VCU Health Systems. Barbara is working toward a 
PhD in educational leadership and policy studies at 
George Washington University. Her daughter, 
Becca Ritchie currently attends VCU. She lives in 
Richmond with her husband and other two children, 
Taylor and Alexandra. • Robert Walker '73BS 
'79MS/MC IS a telecommunications consultant at 
Sl Paul's College, Lawrenceville, VA. He had been 
professor and director of Mass Communications 
there and had advised Sl Paul's president on 
telecommunications. He was never on VCU's Mass 
Comm faculty, as we previously reported. • Richard 
Ward ■73BS/MC is executive vice president and 
marketing and public relations manager at BB&T 
Corporation in Winston-Salem, NC. He was market- 
ing service manager and has been with BB&T since 
1989. Richard lives with his wife, Betty and 
daughter, Kelly in Clemmons, NC. • Nancy Warman 
'72BSW earned the Richmond YWCA's 2001 



Outstanding Woman Award in Religion. She is a 
pastoral associate at Grace and Holy Trinity 
Episcopal Church, serving as a liaison between the 
church and the community. Nancy has brought 
groups together to consider issues of homeless- 
ness, hunger and healthcare access. • Caroline 
Wexler '76MSW opened Casa Carolina, a small 
beach resort m Xcalak, Mexico with her husband. 
Bob Villier. Xcalak, on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, 
IS the Mexico's southern port of entry on the 
Carribean, )ust above the border of Belize. She was 
a social worker in health care for 25 years, • Werner 
Wieland ■73BS ■77IV1S/H&S is a professor of biologi- 
cal sciences at Mary Washington College in 
Fredericksburg, VA. 

1980s 

*Peter Aiken SZBS 'SSMS/B, associate professor of 
information systems at VCU's School of Business, 
received the 2001 DAMA Individual Achievement 
Award from the Data Management Association. 
Peter wrote Data Reverse Engineering and co- 
wrote Corporate Information Portals. • *H. Todd 
Allen '85BS/H&S founded Towne Detistry in March, 
2000. He was an associate dentist for over three 
years and spent seven years m the U.S. Navy Dental 
Corps. Todd lives with his wife and two sons in 
Leonardtown, MD • Janice Ammons '80BS/B is an 
associate professor at Qumnipiac University in 
Hamden, CT, where she lives. • "Elizabeth Arthur 
■84BS/MC IS sheriff of Ariington County in Arlington, 
VA, where she lives. • Jeff Arthur '88BS/IVIC is 
director of advertising at MTV Networks in Chicago, 
IL. He lives in Oak Park, IL • Jane Ballard 
'89BA/H&S IS a librarian in Prince George, VA at the 
Appomattox Regional Library System covering 
Hopewell, Dinwiddle and Prince George, VA. She is 
responsible for all three branches. • Melanie 
(Crouch) Barber'81BA/H&S is communications 
project manager of marketing and public relations 
at Valley Health System in Winchester, VA. • Lydia 
Barrett '87BS/1VIC is vice president of worldwide 
marketing operations at PeopleSoft, Inc. in 
Pleasanton, CA where she lives. • Edith Bennett 
'86MEd IS math department coordinator at New 
Community School in Richmond. She lives in Glen 
Allen, VA • *Lenzie Boswell III 'SOBS/B is director 
of sales for ECR Pharmaceuticals in Richmond, 
where he lives. He joined the firm in 1994 and was 
divisional manager of the mid-Atlantic region in 
Greensboro, NC. • Gerald Bowman '82MSW was 
appointed to the Board of Directors of the National 
Association for Ethical Adoption Professionals 
(NAEAP). He has been doing adoption work abroad 
since 1989, Gerald lives in Munich, Germany, • 
Joyce Bozeman 'BaiVIPA/H&S '97PhD/CPP is assis- 
tant to the vice president of university advancement 
and executive director of the Norfolk State 
University Foundation, Inc. She attended the 
Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education 
Administration sponsored by Bryn Mawr College 
and Higher Education Resources Services (HERS), 
MidAmerica in the summer of 1999. Joyce lives in 
Chesapeake, VA. • Thomas Brammeier '85BS/H&S 
IS engaged and practices medicine in TX. • Eugenia 
(Charles) Brown '83BS/E is a cost accountant at 
Tifmas Optical Inc. in Petersburg, VA. She lives in 
Hopewell, VA. • Elizabeth (Coffey) Brinks '86BFA 
married Rodney Brinks on January 15, 2000. She is 
catalogue creative director at TEU Furniture. They 
live in Richmond. • Robert Calkin '85BA/H&S is 
president of Pentasystem, LLC, a company that 
produces musical instruments that will replace 
today's versions of guitar, bass, etc. with better, 
more mathematically correct instruments. He lives 
in Los Angeles. • Danny Clark '88BS/B Is a financial 
specialist at First Union He lives in Charlotte, NC. • 
John Clark III '83MBA is senior portfolio manager at 
Strategic Investment Advisors Inc. in Utica, NY. He 
was senior portfolio manager at M&T Bank in 



Buffalo, NY. • Larry Clark 'SSBS/B is director of 
finance for Pnnce George County. He was director 
of administrative services at the Riverside Regional 
Jail Authority, financial reporting manager at the 
Virginia Department of Corrections, deputy director 
of finance for the city of Colonial Heights, and 
internal auditor at the Virginia Department of Social 
Services. Larry is a CPA and chairs the education 
committee of the Virginia Government Finance 
Officers Association (VGFOA). He taught accounting 
for the VGFOA and the Weldon Cooper Center for 
Public Service at the University of Virginia. • Kelvin 
Clarke '84BS/B works at American Home Mortgage 
Corporation. In the mortgage business since 1985, 
he has been the number one loan officer for the 
past 10 years in Northern Virginia. • Victoria Cobbs- 
Echols 'SBBS/B celebrated the birth of her son on 
April 13, 2000. She is underwriting manager at Child 
Welfare Insurance Brokers in Rancho Cucamonga, 
CA. Victoria is the only insurance broker in North 
Amenca who works only with children and child 
caring organizations. She lives in Perris, CA. • 
Monique (Mercer) Coleman '87BA/H&S and her 
husband, Byron celebrated the birth of their son, 
Xavier on September 25, 2000. She is a junior 
research analyst at R.O.W. Sciences in Rockville, 
MD. They live in Falmouth, VA. • David Conner 
'87BS/H&S owns Archadeck Franchise, a designer 
and builder of custom decks and porches in 
Lynchburg and Roanoke, VA. He lives with his wife, 
Mary and two children, Lauren and Will in Forest, 
VA • Deborah (Jones) Currv '81BS/MC is a senior 
wnter-editor at the National Transportation Safety 
Board in Washington. She lives in Alexandria, VA. • 
Irvin Davis WBS/B is a budget and financial analyst 
at Federal Reserve Automation Services in 
Richmond, where he lives. • Margaret Devereux 
'89BS/H&S married David Turnball and has three 
children. She is a maior in the U.S. Army Europe. 
They live in Coatesville, PA. • Beverley Dew 
■85BS/MC is the first director of development at the 
Virginia Foundation for Architecture. She was 
annual fund director at Virginia Union University. 
Beverley is a member of the Virginia Association of 
Fund Raising Executives and the Richmond 
Metropolitan Sports Backers. She chairs The 
Diamond's Stadium Operating Committee and the 
Richmond Police Athletic League.' Courtney 
Dewey '87MS/B is a regional account executive at 
Crawford & Company in Tampa. She lives in Lutz, FL 
• Pamela (Carlstrom) Diemer '88BS/B lives in 
Manakin-Sabot with her husband, Matthew and 
two children, Alexandra and John. • Teresa Earles 
'87BS/B is a CPA and manager at Mitchell, Wiggins 
& Company LLP's Richmond office, where she has 
worked since 1987 • Tony Earles 'SSBS '87MS/H&S 
is tourism development manager at the Portsmouth 
Convention and Visitors Bureau. He graduated from 
the Virginia Travel & Tourism Institute in June, 2000. 
Tony was curator of the Children's Museum of 
Virginia. • Jeffrey Eley '80BFA wrote the text for the 
Savannah Stefchtioo^r published by Design Press, 
Copynght 2000. • John Estes 'SSMTax works at Fort 
James Corporation as director of domestic tax in 
Deerfield, IL. He lives in Gurnee, IL • Gregory 
Fairchild '88BS/MC is an assistant professor at 
Darden Graduate School of Business 
Administration of the University of Virginia. He lives 
in Charlottesville with his wife Tierney and 
daughter, Naia. • Mary Anna Fariello '87MA/A was 
named a FullbrightScholarto teach museum 
studies in Panama at the University of Panama. She 
taught seminars in Institutional Assessment and 
Collections Management and help set up a 
graduate internship program with the Contemporary 
Art Museum and Panama Canal Museum. Anna is 
on the faculty in the Center for Interdisciplinary 
Studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. She 
owns Curatorial InSight and recently toured exhibi- 
tions travelling regionally and nationally — 



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Reformations: New Forms from Ancient Techniques 
and Francis Whital<er: Iron Master. Anna is a former 
research fellow with the National Museum of 
American Art and Smithsonian Institution. • 
Jacqueline Fraser 'SIMEd is vice president for 
development at Virginia State University, She was 
the former director of development at VSU. She 
worked in the administration of former Governor L. 
Douglas Wilder, and has served on the Virginia 
Parole Board. Jacqueline has held posts with the 
City of Richmond and Richmond Public Schools. 
She has served on the Virginia Motor Vehicle 
Dealer Advisory Board, and state Correctional 
Education Board. She is a member of the Richmond 
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and 
serves on the Virginia State University Foundation 
Board of Trustees. • "Margaret Furgerson-Gregorv 
'86BIVIE is choral director and chairs the Fine Arts 
Department at Lloyd C. Bird High School in 
Chesterfield, VA, where she lives. • Thomas Garrett 
'86BS/H&S is technical manager of partner net- 
working at America Online in Reston, VA where he 
lives. • 'Georgette Glenn '84BS/B is vice president 
and COO of Credit Union Affiliates of New Jersey in 
Hightstown, NJ. She lives with her husband, 
Michael and son, Jonathan in Cranbury, NJ.' 
Harold Goldston Jr '89BS/H&S is a research scien- 
tist at the Naval Research Laboratory in 
Washington. He lives in Alexandria, VA. • *Patricia 
Good '88MBA is a senior consultant at NCR 
Corporation in Rockville, MD. • Eugene Grecheck 
'82MBA is vice president of generation at the 
Millstone Power Station in Waterford, CT that was 
acquired by Dominion. He was vice president of 
Dominion's Surry Power Station in VA. Eugene has 
been with Dominion for 25 years in several leader- 
ship positions. • Patricia Gregory '82MEd won an 
R.E.B. teacher's grant to take writing courses in 
Scotland, NH and MA. She teaches at John M. 
Gandy Elementary School in Hanover County, VA. • 
Richard Hammack '88MS/H&S is an assistant pro- 
fessor at Randolph-Macon College. He lives in 
Richmond. • Phillip Hartig 'BOMS/H&S 'SSPhD/M is 
a research biologist forthe U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency. He lives in Durham, NC.' Jason 
Hendrix '88BS/IVIC is director of administration and 
finance at the National Alliance of State and 
Territorial AIDS Directors in Washington, where he 
lives. • Julia (Lettner) Hester '88BS/B married Jerry 
Hester on July 29, 2000. She is a pharmaceutical 
consultant at SmithKline Beecham in Richmond, 
where they live. • Rebecca Holley '88BS/E teaches 
fifth grade at Stanleytown Elementary School in 
Henry County, VA. She has taught for twelve years. 
She lives in Martinsville, VA. • Laura (DeMarco) 
Hunt'87BFA is eastern regional manager for Perry 
Ellis Menswear in charge of East Coast accounts 
and coordinations from MD to FL She was 
Northeast retail coordinator. Laura lives with her 
husband, Scott in Arlington, VA. • Samuel Jamison 
'80BS/B is director of the retail project office at 
Charles Schwab in San Francisco, where he lives. • 
Keith Jenkins '80BS/B is a sales representative at 
Cox Communications Inc. He lives in Virginia Beach. 
• Steven Jones '82BS/MC is the executive director 
of the administrative offices for the Cable Television 
Public Affairs Association in Washington. He was 
the director of membership for the Academy of 
Managed Care Pharmacy, a national medical pro- 
fessional organization. Steven lives in Burke, VA. • 
Kim (Brace) Kane '83BFA is director of marketing 
and public relations at Cameo Financial Corporation 
in Cambndge, OH. She lives in Zanesville, OH. • Karl 
Kelley '82BS 'SSMS 'SyPhD/H&S is professor of psy- 
chology at North Central College in Naperville, IL, 
where he has taught since 1988 and has chaired the 
Psychology Department In 1999, Kari earned the 
Dissinger Faculty Scholarship Prize, the top faculty 
scholarship award for his textbook Perspectives in 
Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He also 



received the Dissinger Memorial Award for distin- 
guished teaching by a juniorfaculty member in 
1989. Karl has been published in the Journal of 
Leadership Studies, Journal of Psychology, and the 
National Academic Advising Association Journal. 
He lives with his wife, Jai'neen (Jackson) Kelley 
■86MS/H&S and their daughter in North Aurora, IL.' 
Dwayne King '84BS/H&S and his wife Andrea Stem 
welcomed their first child, Lucas Jackson King, 7lbs. 
15oz., 21", on April 26, 2001. Dwayne is working for 
Microsoft in Seattle, where they live. • Stewart 
Kirby '82BFA is an architect and estimator at 
Mitchell, Best & Goldsborough in Rockville, MD. He 
lives in Silver Springs, MD. • "Judith Koziol 
'87MS(RC)/AH earned the Distinguished Community 
Service Award, from the Jewish Community 
Federation of Richmond. She is the president of 
Beth Sholom Home and a licensed professional 
counselor. She has worked for the American 
Cancer Society and Henrico County and taught in 
VCU's School of Allied Health. She has had a coun- 
seling practice since 1994, and she has been a 
mind/body educator for The Mind/Body Institute at 
Bon Secours Hospital since 1998. • Cynthia (Flack) 
Kutka 'SOBS/H&S married Gediminas Kutka, a 
citizen of Lithuania in April, 2000. She is director of 
training and implementation at Law.com. They live 
in Athens, GA • R. Steven Landes '84BS/IVIC repre- 
sents the 25th District in the VA General Assembly 
including Waynesboro and parts of Augusta and 
Rockingham Counties. He serves on the Virginia 
Code Commission, State Water Commission and 
Rural Virginia Prosperity Commission. He is vice 
chair of the Standing Joint Subcommittee on Block 
Grants. He lives with his wife, Angela in Weyers 
Cave, VA. • Theodore Lee '82BFA is a partner at 
Spectrum Properties in Charlotte, NC and earned 
the Certified Commercial Investment Member 
(CCIM) designation, the highest professional desig- 
nation available to real estate professionals. He has 
been at Spectrum Properties since 1987 and was 
named a partner in 1996. Theodore was named one 
of Charlotte's Top Office Brokers by Business 
Properties Magazine. • *Jesse Lennon III '87BS 
'88MBA/B is president and principal broker at 
Pioneer Realty in Mechanicsville, VA where he 
lives. He opened a second office recently. • 
'Michael Levy '89BA/H&S is a copywriter at Circuit 
City. He lives in Richmond. • Joan (Troiano) 
Lindenberger '84BS/E is a public relations specialist 
at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 
Washington. She lives in Woodbndge, VA. • 
Michael Locher '80BS/B is a partner at Goodman & 
Company LLP in Richmond. He is director of tax 
credit consulting services and has worked there 
since 1988.* Debra (Thompson) Macklin '80BFA is a 
architecture and design market manager at 
Haworth Incorporated in Washington. She received 
the Pinnacle Award in 1999 and 2000 for outstanding 
sales performance. Debra finished the Marine 
Corps Marathon in 2000. She lives with her husband 
Ted, and their children Madeleine, Victona, 
Catherine and Teddy in McLean, VA. • Gary 
Markham '88MM is head of music cataloging in the 
Warren D. Allen Music Library of Florida State 
University in Tallahassee. He lives in Panacea, FL. • 
T. Scott Marshall '82BS/MC is a staff writer at 
Contra Costa Times in Pleasanton, CA. He lives in 
Oakland, CA. • Christopher Maze '88BS/B is vice 
president of financial administration at Fiorucci 
Foods, Inc. in Colonial Heights, VA. He lives in 
Midlothian, VA. • Wanda (Capps) McCarthy 
'83BS/H&S is an adjunct faculty member in the 
Department of Psychology at Northern Kentucky 
University. She lives in Cincinnati, OH. • Jimmy 
Meador Jr '85BS/B is a tax manager at Markel 
Corporation in Glen Allen, VA. • *Gary Mitchell 
'83BS/E 'SIMURP is director of planning for New 
Kent County, VA. Gary lives with his wife, Susan in 
Midlothian, VA. • 'Ronald Mitchell ■87MS 'SSC/B 



works at Capital One Financial Corporation in Glen 
Allen, VA. He lives with his wife, Martha and their 
children, Alexandra and Collin in Richmond.* *H. 
Gaiter Myers III '81MBA was elected the 2001 vice 
chair of the National Automobile Dealers 
Association (NADA) and will take office in 2002. He 
is president and CEO of the Carter Myers 
Automotive Group in VA, as well as the Auto Rent 
chain. Carter represents Virginia's franchised 
dealers on NADA's board of directors, chairs the 
public affairs committee and serves on the informa- 
tion technology and real estate committees. He has 
been president of the Virginia Automobile Dealers 
Association and the Tri-City New Car Dealers 
Association. Carter is a member of Virginia's 
Commonwealth Transportation Board and the 
Governor's Economic Development Council. He has 
been active on several civic boards in Virginia as 
well • Fletcher Nichols Jr '80BFA teaches visual 
arts and African American culture in Roanoke City 
Public School District. His wife, Synethia (Mason) 
Nichols '81BA/H&S is a school psychologist in 
Roanoke schools. They live in Roanoke, VA with 
their two sons, Jason and Jared. • Nancy Noel 
'86MA/H&S teaches freshman composition at 
Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, 
VA. Her husband, Peter Vernimb '90MEd pursues a 
degree in educational leadership at Virginia Tech. 
They live in Falmouth, VA. • Karen Ogden 
'86BS/H&S IS a senior technologist at Laboratory 
Corporation of America in Buriington, NC. She lives 
in Graham, NC. • Victor Overby '82BS/B is vice pres- 
ident of information services at Davenport & 
Company LLC in Richmond, where he lives. • 'Arthur 
Palmer III '89C/H&S is a manager at Circuit City 
Stores, Inc. in Richmond, where he lives. • Charles 
Pannunzio '87BS/MC is assistant managing editor 
at the Northern Virginia Dailym Strasburg, VA. He 
lives in Winchester, VA • Sandra Parker '89BS/MC 
IS the weekend anchor and a general assignment 
reporter at VWEC-TV in Norfolk, VA. Sandra has 
covered several high profile stories including travel- 
ing to Oklahoma City to cover the bombing of the 
federal building and the one-year anniversary of the 
tragedy • Samuel Perdue '87BS '90MS/H&S works 
at the National Institutes of Health. He lives in Falls 
Church, VA • Rhonda (Keyes) Pleasants '88BS/B is 
a licensed funeral director and embalmer and office 
manager at the W.S. Watkins & Son Funeral Home, 
Inc. in Richmond, where she lives. She graduated in 
May, 2000 from John Tyler Community College in the 
mortuary science program. Rhonda and her 
husband, Charies have a 10-year-old daughter and 
five-year-old son. • Emily Porter 'BSBA/H&S is vice 
president of marketing at refer.com in Cambridge, 
MA, where she lives.* Brent Richardson '89MEd is 
a licensed counselor and assistant professor at 
Xavier University in Cincinnati. He wrote Working 
with Challenging Youth: Lessons Learned Along the 
Way, which gives lessons tor connecting and inter- 
vening with at-risk youth and families. Brent has 
conducted several local, regional and national 
workshops related to this topic. He lives with his 
wife, Melanie Richardson '94MEd and their two 
sons. Carter and Griffin in Fort Mitchell, KY. • Robert 
Riggs '89BFA co-owns Riggs Ward Design, LC. in 
Richmond. They are designing interactives and 
exhibits at a new Wildlife Education Center in 
Corolla, NC, working with the North Carolina 
Wildlife Resources Comission. Riggs Ward clients 
range from large government organizations like the 
National Library of Medicine to small corporations. • 
Martha (Mosby) Robertson '80BS/H&S is a sergeant 
in the City of Richmond Police Department and lives 
in Richmond. • Ionia Robinson '85BS/B is a 
computer specialist at the Department of Justice 
Bureau of Prisons. She lives in Temple Hills, MD. • 
Ralph Rose '89BS/B is a property book officer in the 
U.S. Army Reserve, 367th Engineer Battalion in St 
Cloud, MN. He lives in Clear Lake, MN. • Donna 



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Rovins '84BS/1VIC is a team leader in internal com- 
munications at GPU Energy in Reading, PA where 
she lives. • Carol Rowe-Patterson ■84BS/MC works 
at the Fairfax County Retirement Agency in Fairfax, 
VA • Mark Rowley '86MS/H&S '90MD practices 
orthopaedic surgery at Countryside Orthopedics in 
Lansdowne, VA. He completed reconstructive 
surgery fellowship training at Johns Hopkins 
University recently. Mark lives in Ellicott City, MD. • 
Allen Rubin '87BS/H&S practices cardiothoracic 
surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center. He lives 
with his wife, Kathleen and two children, Elias and 
Rebekah in Olympla, WA. • Eric Slater '83BS/IV1C 
earned a JD from New York Law School in 1998. He 
IS the copyright administrator at the American 
Chemical Society's Publications Division in 
Washington. Eric lives in McLean, VA. • Stephanie 
Smith 'KMSW IS assistant director of disability 
services at Mary Washington College in 
Fredericksburg, VA. She lives in Spotsylvania, VA. • 
Joe Sokohl 'SBBA/H&S is a human-computer inter- 
action specialist at Icon MediaLab AG in Hamburg, 
Germany, where he lives. His wife, Karen 
(Weatherspoon) Sokohl '90MIS is a copywriter and 
technical writer at the same firm. They live near the 
harbor and have traveled to Vienna, Trento, Milan, 
Stockholm and Utrecht. 'Sherrii (Garrett) Sparks 
'88BA/H&S married Andrew Sparks on October 9, 
1999. She works at Sponsorship Services Group Inc. 
in Trinity, VA. They live in Thomasville, VA. • 'Mark 
Szafrankski '87BS/H&S is owner and founder of 
Metro Sound & Music Company in Richmond since 
1991. The business specializes in vintage and used 
guitars and sells to famous musicians throughout 
the world. • Alfred Thacker '83BS/B is vice presi- 
dent of internal audit at LandAmenca Financial 
Group, Inc. in Richmond. He had been assistant vice 
president and audit manager at LandAmenca. 
Alfred is a CPA, certified managenal accountant 
and certified information systems auditor. 'A. Troy 
Thomas '86BS/MC is president of Inertia Films Inc. 
in Atlanta, where he lives. His recent projects 
include VHI's Where Are They Now, Oxygen 
Media's Trackers and Inertia's original series 
Testimony: Profiles in Faitii. ' David Vansanford Jr 
■88BFA and Kari (Baker) Vansanford 'giBFA cele- 
brated the birth of their son. Max in May, 2000. They 
have two other children, Jenna and Relet. David is 
president and owner of Craftsman Construction Inc. 
•*John VonBrachel ■86BA/H&S is senior editor of 
Individual Investor maqazme. He lives with his wife 
Susan in NYC • 'Michael Wade 'aSBS/H&S 
'90MS(RC)/AH IS a sheriff in Henrico County, VA. • 
Elizabeth (Roth) Waller ■86BS/B is senior fiscal 
coordinator at the AFL-CIO Working for America 
Institute in Washington, She lives in Laurel, MD. • 
•Louisa (Jones) Waller 'BOBFA lives in Decatur, GA. 
•Mary Weatherford '89MEd won an R.E.B. 
teacher's grantto take writing courses in IMH.She 
teaches at Brookland Middle School in Henrico 
County, VA. 'A. Lee Weisiger '80MS/B is president 
of Pro Forma Search LLC, a national recruiting 
sourcing firm specializing in finance and accounting 
candidates. He was director of human resources at 
Capital One Services. Lee lives in Richmond with his 
wife, Liz and their three daughters. •*James 
Whelen III '87BS/B is managing director of First 
Union Securities in Baltimore, MD. He lives in 
Reisterstown, MD with his wife, Alesia and 
daughter, Claire. • Misty (Dales) Wiggins '86BS/MC 
is vice president of the Media Services Division at 
Creasy Woolfolk Concepts in Richmond. She was a 
research director for WTVR News Channel 6. • 
Daryl Williams '89MEd is an assistant pnncipal for 
Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Annapolis, 
MD. He lives in Columbia, MD. • Norman WInegar 
'83MSW is associate vice president of clinical 
services at the Magellan Behavioral Health 
Regional Service Center in Chattanooga, TN. • Cindy 
(Creasy) Woolfolk WBS/MC founded Creasy 



Woolfolk Concepts of Richmond in 1996. Her 
company earned seven national awards in 1999 and 
2000 for concept, copy and overall video and print 
production. 

1990s 

Lynne Acker '94BS/H&S is vice president at 
Dresdner Bank North Amenca, LLC in NYC, where 
she lives. * Adetokunbo Adeoye '99BS/H&S is 
pursuing a Certificate in information systems. He 
lives in Richmond. • Nadhira Al-Khalili '96BA/H&S 
earned a JD at Dickinson School of Law of 
Pennsylvania State University in May, 2000. • Fitsum 
Andargue ■98BS 'SSBS/B is a systems analyst at GE 
Capital Services in Stamford, CT. He lives in 
Chicago, IL 'A. Joseph Anderson 'SaBS/H&S is a 
lieutenant at the Virginia State Police in Culpeper, 
VA. He lives in Ruckersville, VA, • *Lynn Anderson 
'99MSW works at the Richmond Department of 
Social Services as a second responder and social 
work supervisor. She lives in Richmond. 'Susan 
(Cicirelli) Anderson '92BS/MC married Jason 
Anderson in December, 1999. She works at the 
American Land Title Association. They live in 
Fairfax, VA. 'John Andreassi '96MS/H&S pursues a 
PhD at VCU's Department of Pharmacology and 
Toxicology where he works. He co-authored an 
article in Cancer Researctim December, 1999. John 
lives in Richmond. • Christine Andrews '97C/B is 
controller at Spike Broadband Systems, 
Incorporated in Richmond, where she lives. • 
'Randall Andrews '90MACC opened an office for 
Simon, Master, & Sidlow to support clients using 
middle-market accounting software in Alexandria, 
VA He lives with his wife, 'Kathleen (Bedford) 
Andrews '94BS/P 'SSMD in Fairfax, VA • Yvette 
Appleby '97BS/E is a certified athletic trainer at Tri- 
Cities Rehab since 1997. She lives in Petersburg, VA. 
• Lisa Applegate '95BS/H8iS is group exercise coor- 
dinator at International Monetary Fund Fitness 
Center in Washington. She lives in Alexandna, VA. • 
Cynthia (Legg) Atiyeh ■94BA/H&S marned Edward 
Atiyeh on June 17, 2000. She works at Hunton and 
Williams law firm in Richmond, where they live. • 
Amy (Mumpower) Atkinson '99C/ff&S 'OOMPA is 
executive director of the Virginia Commission on 
Youth in Richmond. She lives in Mechanicsville, VA. 
•Brain Baer'94BS/MC married Kim Anderson on 
May 28, 2000. He is a reporter at the Free-Lance 
Starm Fredericksburg, VA where they live. • Amy 
Baker '97BS/MC IS a media buyer at the Martin 
Agency in Richmond, where she lives. •Christina 
Baker '98BS/H&S is a lab technician living in 
Richmond • Melissa Barber '98MS/MC is art 
director of the creative department at Brandon 
Advertising in Myrtle Beach, SC. She was an art 
director at Campbell Mithun Esty advertising 
agency in Minneapolis, MN. •Elizabeth (Loop) 
Barnes '92BFA is a special projects designer at 
SHRM. She lives in Alexandria, VA. • Sandra 
(Grissom) Barr ■97BS/H&S married Sidney Barr Jr. 
on May 23, 2000. She works at the Virginia 
Department of Corrections. They live in Prince 
George, VA •'John Barron III 'SBBA/H&S is a car- 
penter at Cedar Ridge Contracting. He lives in 
Stephens City, VA. • Deborah (Schluter) Bauer 
■93MSW is an LCSW at Family Practice Associates. 
She lives in Madisonville, TN. •T. Christopher 
Becker 'SIBS/H&S marned Whitney Morris on 
December 10, 1999. He works at Deutsche Bank in 
Baltimore. They live in Laurel, MD. • Christopher 
Bergstrom '90MS/B is a graphic artist at Target 
Marketing in Richmond, where he lives. • Brad 
Berkley '99BM is the choral director at Monacan 
and Manchester High Schools in Chesterfield 
County, VA, where he lives with his wife, Dana. • 
Melissa (Shaheen) Berling ■97BA/H&S married Karl 
Berling on March 11, 2000. She is an account 
manager for Brann RMG. They live in Richmond. • 
Barbara Bernard '93BS/H&S '97MD is a doctor at 



Skyline Family Practice in Front Royal, VA. She lives 
in Middletown, VA. • Alexis Berry '97BFA is senior 
designer for the Wolf Trap Foundation in Vienna, 
VA. She lives in Sterling, VA. • Kendall Biggs 
'99BS/H&S works as a software engineer for 
Synetics, Inc. in King George, VA. He lives in 
Fredericksburg, VA. • Roland Biron '90BS/H&S 
'94MS/M graduated in May, 2001 from University of 
Pennsylvania Medical School and is a surgical 
resident. He lives in Philadelphia. • Catherine 
Blanton '91 BM is a director at Amencan 
International Group. She lives in Mount Juliet, TN. • 
Jennie Blizzard '99BS/MC is a writer in the commu- 
nity affairs/research at the Federal Reserve Bank of 
Richmond, where she lives. • Jason Bonardi 
■94BS/MC IS a U.S. probation officer for the District 
of Maryland and a graduate student at the 
University of Maryland School of Social Work. 
Jason lives in Randallstown, MD. • Dwight Boston 
'92MSW is an LCSW in private practice as a 
Christian therapist in Culpeper and Mineral, VA. He 
lives with his wife on a farm in Orange County, VA. • 
Edward Boyce III '91BA/H&S is pastor at First 
Presbyterian Church in Winnfield, LA, where he 
lives with his wife, Mariah and their son, William. He 
and his wife were co-pastors at three churches in 
Henderson, NC. • 'L. Ellen Bradley '92MA/H&S 
married Bnan Ivey on June 17, 2000. She is a mar- 
keting director for the University of Richmond. The 
couple live in Richmond. • Chandra Broadnax 
'98BS/MC is a verification specialist at First Union 
Bank in Glen Allen, VA. • Claudia (Arnold) 
Brookman '93MT and C. Scott Brookman 
'90MA/H&S celebrated the birth of their daughter, 
Madeline Melissa on November 27, 2000. They live 
in Richmond • Nichole (Canda) Brooks-Giles 
■98BS/H&S married Corey Brooks-Giles 'gSBFA on 
October 9, 1999. She teaches at Summer Hill 
Elementary School. He is a freelance graphic 
designer at TecHead Training Center. They live in 
Richmond. • Tracy Brewer '93BA/H&S is program 
director for the student training and opportunity 
program at the Good Samaritan Foundation in 
Washington. She worked in educational program 
management for the Association of American 
Medical Colleges and the American Association of 
School Administrators and as a technical editor for 
the American Chemical Society. She lives in 
Hyattsville, MD. •Tanya Brown ■96BS/H&S is emer- 
gency coordinator at Virginia Department of 
Emergency Management in Richmond, where she 
lives •John Brubaker III '95BS/B marned Gary 
Claytor on June 24, 2000. He is a CPA at Price 
Waterhouse Coopers LLP. They live in Richmond. • 
Gina Burlew '96BFA is a graphic designer in publi- 
cations for the University of Maryland-Baltimore. 
She won a gold medal in the Neenah Paper's 
Paperwork's Letterhead Design Contest for an 
identity project for the Donaldson Brown Center in 
Port Deposit, MD. Gina lives in Howard County, MD. 
•Dion Burn '93BA/H&S is editor at Edutest, Inc. He 
lives with his three-year-old triplet daughters in 
Richmond • Michael Burnes '96BS/H&S is a techni- 
cal training program developer at Intel Corporation 
in Folsom, CA. She transferred to Tokyo in the Fall of 
2000 to work at a new data center coming on line. • 
'Brian Butler '99BFA, Greg Kirsch '9eBA/H&S and 
Jeff Applegate '98/A founded e.g.o. Inc. or 
Everyone's Got One operating through Graphicslab 
Inc. in Richmond. They create e.g.o. cards — 
business cards depicting the subjects as comic 
book action characters. There is also a network on 
the web for cardholders. They are planning to have 
"second edition" cards available so users can have 
a history chronicling their career path. • Kelly 
(Edwards) Caldwell '96BS/B is a workers' compen- 
sation case manager at Newport News 
Shipbuilding in Newport News, VA, where she lives. 
•Trisha (Payne) Campbell 'SflBS/H&S married Hugh 
Campbell on August 5, 2000. She is a litigation 



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manager for the corporate counsel office at Capital 
One Services, Inc. Tfiey live in Hanover, VA. • Carrie 
Cantrell '95BA/H&S is assistant communications 
director for U.S. Senator George Allen, She served 
as deputy press secretary during the former Virginia 
Governor's campaign for U.S. Senate. She was also 
editor and legislative liaison In the Office of the 
Secretary of the Commonwealth. She lives in 
Alexandria, VA. • Anthony Caramucci '98BS/B 
works at Royall & Company as a network adminis- 
trator in Richmond, where he lives. • Julie (Tewell) 
Caraway 'SBMSW opened a counseling business 
with her husband. Jack in November, 2000. She 
worked at Fresenius Medical Care as a medical 
social worker and taught several college courses in 
her field. They live with their son, Ian in Greensburg, 
PA. • Jacqueline Cardelino '99BS/B is a territory 
representative at Voicestream Wireless. She lives 
in Glen Allen, VA • Claudine Carter '97MS/H&S is 
senior certified latent print examiner at Broward 
Sheriff's Office — Cnme Laboratory in Fort 
Lauderdale. She lives in Oakland Park, PL. • *Linnie 
(Smith) Carter 'SZBS'SSIVIS/IVIC is director of institu- 
tional advancement at John Tyler Community 
College in Chester, VA. She has earned several 
public relations awards from the Transportation 
Marketing & Communication Association, 
Richmond Public Relations Association and APEX 
(Awards for Publication Excellence). She lives in 
Richmond. • Qiana Carter '99MURP works for 
Hanover County and lives in Richmond. • Shannon 
(Shaw) Carter '99BS/E married Jamie Carter on 
October 23, 1999. They live in Powhatan, VA. • 
Theresa Castro '97BFA is studying tor a Master's of 
Architecture degree at the University of Arizona. 
She lives in Tucson. • Jennifer (Oliver) Challis 
'97BSW 'SgiVISW and her husband, Lauren cele- 
brated the birth of their son, Harmon Kent Challis on 
October 30, 2000. She is an investigator at the 
Department of Health Professions in Richmond. 
They live in Chesterfield, VA. • Detra Chandler 
■98BS/H&S works for the U.S. Air Force Jag Corp. 
Shewasalegal intern at the City of Boston Law 
Department She lives in Boston, MA. • Cyndra 
(Flynn) Church '94BS/MC marned Eric Church on 
August 7, 1999. She works at George Mason 
University. They live in Falls Church, VA. • Samuel 
Clark III '92BS/B is a healthcare sales representa- 
tive for Kimberly-Clark Healthcare in Richmond 
where he lives with his wife, Kim. They celebrated 
the birth of their son. Mason on April 13, 2000. • 
Lyndsay Clelland '99BS/H&S is an application 
review specialist in the VCU financial aid office and 
lives in Richmond. She is a skydiver and traveler as 
well. • Nancy Clemmer '98MSW is a social worker 
forthe seriously mentally ill, homeless, and sub- 
stance-abusing clients at SOME, So Others Might 
Eat She was an outpatient mental health therapist 
at Northern Virginia Family Services. Nancy lives 
with her husband George in Arlington, VA. • Tracey 
(Denzler) Coats 'SOBS/B is a CPA and manager at 
Mitchell, Wiggins & Company LLP's Richmond 
office. She has worked there since 1991. • Donna 
Coghill '90BFA '94MFA is director of education at 
Theatre IV in Richmond where she lives. • Megan 
Colley '92BA/H&S is a litigation attorney at Mello 
Jones & Martin in Bermuda where she lives. She 
was called to the Bar of England and Wales on July 
22, 1999, and called to the Bermuda Bar on 
September 29, 2000. • *Joanne Correia '98BGS/H&S 
is an eBusiness specialist at Philip Morris USA. She 
lives in Mechanicsville, VA. • "Mary Cosby 
■93BS/H&S ■96MS(RC)/AH is a probation officer at 
Henrico Community Corrections in Richmond, 
where she lives • Karen (Woodward) Cox 
'94BS(RC)/AH marned Robert Cox on August 12, 
2000. They live in Williamsburg, VA. Karen works at 
DeBarros Chiropractic in Mechanicsville, VA. • 
Ronald Crawford '93MPA is pastor of College Park 
BaptistChurch in Orlando, FL He had been a pastor 



at a 3,200 member church in IMC. • Nancy Crocker 
'94IVIS/IVIC is research director at WTV2-WB33. She 
collects, coordinates, interprets and distributes 
marketing information. • Philip Crocker '96BS/H&S 
is a technical regulatory affairs analyst at 
AstraZeneca LP in Wilminton, DE, where he lives. • 
Stephanie (Shipp) Cross '97MT marned Steven 
Cross on February 12, 2000. She teaches at Ratcliffe 
Elementary School. They live in Aylett, VA. • 
Catherine (Deaver) Crutchfield '94BS/H&S married 
Mark Crutchfield on September 9, 2000. She is an 
operations compliance specialist at Capital One. 
They live in Chester, VA. • David Cummings 
'91MS/H&S is a program manager with the 
Richmond Police Department Planning Unit He was 
a crime analyst for the Richmond Police after 
passing the Virginia Bar Exam in 1998. He and his 
wife, Elizabeth (Gilbert) Cummings '95MEd cele- 
brated the birth of their daughter, Annelise 
Seabrook Cummings on December 7, 1999. • 
Michael Curry '91 BS/H&S is an auditor for attorney 
programs at GE Card Services in Atlanta. He lives in 
Duluth, GA. • Lindsay (Tupper) Dann '97BM marned 
Thomas Dann on June 10, 2000. She teaches music 
for the Nash-Rocky Mount public school system. 
They live in Tallahassee, FL. • Andrea (Thomas) 
Davis '94BS/MC married Kevin Davis '95BS/MC on 
September 25, 1999. They are both working toward 
MBAs at Old Dominion University. Kevin is a search 
consultant at Accounting Solutions. They live in 
Virginia Beach. • *Gina (Gibson) Davis '92BS/H&S 
'96MD is a family physician at Atlee Family 
Physicians in Mechanicsville, VA. Gina lives in 
Ashland, VA, with her daughter, Amanda. • John 
Davis Jr. '91BGS/H&S earned an Master of Divinity 
in May, 2000 at Union Theological Seminary and 
Presbytenan School of Christian Education in 
Richmond. • Kenneth Day '93BS/MC is head of 
commerce at European Voice. He lives in Brussels, 
Belgium. • John Deaton '93BA/H&S found and is 
preparing 4,000-year-old Egyptian hieroglyphic 
spells from coffin fragments. The spells, called 
Pyramid Texts, were ancient copies taken from 
spells found on Old Kingdom pyramids. This discov- 
ery was announced before the 1999 annual meeting 
of the Amencan Research Center in Egypt and 
should be published next year. Some of the texts 
were on display atthe Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 
• Dean Deaver '95BS'97MS/H&S and Karen 
Schwartz ■97MS/H&S celebrated the birth of their 
daughter Julia Renee in 2000. He works at 
Transmeta. She teaches at Hudson High School. 
They live in Sterling, MA. • Dana Dehart 'BOBFA 
'90BS/H&S works in the Center for Child and Family 
Studies atthe University of South Carolina College 
of Social Work in Columbia, SC. • *Charlene 
(Gamba) Delia Ratta '91BFA and her husband, 
Raphael celebrated the birth of their daughter, Ava 
Francesca on October 28, 2000. They live in 
Glenwood, MD. • Cheryl Denbar '96BFA is a 
second-year student and McNeil Fellow in the 
Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at 
the University of Delaware in Winterthur, DE. She 
lives in Wilmington, DE. • Nicollette Dennis '92BSW 
■99MSW is chief of the child abuse section of the 
Department of Social Work in Ft Hood, TX. She lives 
with her son, Eddie in Killeen, TX. • Christine 
DeWilde '93BFA was named one of Inside 
Business's "Top Forty Under 40." She started 
TouchMe Communications, a firm that put fully- 
interactive computer-information kiosks in key 
spots around the Richmond area in 1998. Christine 
partnered with the Retail Merchants Association 
and the Metro Richmond Convention and Visitor's 
Bureau. She is one of the volunteer founders of 
Young at Art and on the board of Allegro, Richmond 
Symphony volunteers. • Michele DeWoody- 
Applegate '95BFA teaches interior design at King 
Faisal University in Saudi Arabia where she lives 
with her husband, Nicholas and their child, Morgan. 



She IS doing design work for the compound where 
she lives, renovating 18 villas. • Daniel Dombrowski 
'94BS '97MS/H&S is curator of conservatory and 
tropical education at the NC State Museum of 
Natural Sciences. He lives with his wife Claudia 
Dombrowski '95BS/P and their 2-year-old daughter 
Allison in Raleigh, NC. • Erinn (Gates) Doyle 
'92BS/H&S IS a critical care cardiothoracic regis- 
tered nurse at St Mary's Hospital in Richmond, 
where she lives. Her husband Jeffrey Doyle 
'92BA/H&S '94MT teaches 10th grade social studies 
for Chesterfield County Schools. • Cheryl (Brown) 
Draper '95BS/H&S marned Dwayn Draper on 
September 23, 2000. She works for Sherman Dixie 
Concrete Industries. They live in Hendersonville, TN. 

• Amy (Harmon) Duke '92BS/B married Richard 
Duke '99MBA on September 18, 1999. They work at 
the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. They live in 
Chesterfield, VA. • Sydney (Sowers) Duncan 
'96MFA married Andrew Duncan on January 14, 
2000, She teaches in the English Department at the 
University of Alabama. They live in Tuscaloosa, At • 
Virginia (Long) Eiben '98MT married Lawrence 
Eiben on July 22, 2000. She teaches first grade for 
Hennco County Schools in VA. • Fredrik Eliasson 
'94BS/B '95MBA works at CSX Corporation as 
director of investor relations and financial planning. 
He lives in Jacksonville Beach, FL. • Kelly 
(Cushman) Eller '99BS/H&S married Michael Eller 
on June 24, 2000. She works at NCI Information 
Systems at Dahlgren, VA. They live in King George, 
VA. • Tracie (Fox) Elliott '90BS/B married Joseph 
Elliott Jr. on September 9, 2000. She works at 
Harold's Clothing Company. They live in VA. • *Kelly 
(Griffin) Filizola '93BS/B married Matthew Filizola 
on September 9, 2000. She is a matenal planner at 
Arrow Electronics, Inc. in Raleigh, NC, where they 
live. ■ Georgia Fisher '98BA/H&S is pursuing an 
Master's in advertising atthe University of Texas- 
Austin where she lives. She worked as a claims 
adjuster and for an ad agency. • Shelley (Forrest) 
Foultz '99C/H&S IS a police recorder and identifica- 
tion supervisor in Chesterfield County, VA. She lives 
in Richmond. • Alvin Fowlkes Jr. '93BS/B works at 
American Express Financial Advisors as an inde- 
pendent financial advisor in Richmond. He lives in 
Chesterfield, VA • Mary Francis '95BS/H&S is an 
SLDCasemanagerforthe Roanoke City Schools in 
Roanoke, VA. She has been an LD teacher and eligi- 
bility test coordinator for 3 years at William Ruffner 
Middle School. Mary lives in Salem, VA. • Sande 
(Snead) Fulk 'gBMS/IVIC is director of public rela- 
tions and marketing for Autorent She has been a 
freelance writer for eight years. Sande earned a 
third-place award from the National Press Women 
and three first-place-writing awards from the 
Virginia Press Women. She lives in Chester, VA. • 
*Greta Galloway '98BS/H&S 'OOMS(RC)/AH works 
atthe U.S. Departmentof Veterans Affairs in St 
Petersburg, FL • Victoria (Curto) Gambacini 
'95BA/H&S married Edward Gambacini on May 20, 
2000- They live in Richmond. • Steven Gardner 
'97MSW IS a social worker living in Annandale, VA. 

• Rajat Garg '93BS/H&S '96MD '99HS is co-medical 
director of the Medical Step-Down Unit at VCU 
Health Systems. He is starting a fellowship in cardi- 
ology in July, 2001. Rajat lives in Glen Allen, VA. • 
Suzanne (Sawyer) Garza '94BSW '98BFA teaches in 
the Los Angeles Unified School Distnct where she 
lives. ■ Danielle (Lytton) Gauldin '93BFA is an art 
director at The Packett Group in Roanoke, VA. She 
was an art director and designer at Opus 1 in 
Raleigh, NC. Danielle has nine years of design expe- 
rience including work with Reynolds Metal 
Company and Peter Wong & Associates in 
Richmond. • Mark Gettle '%BS/H&S works in the 
ESIH section at White Oak Semiconductor in 
Sandston, VA, in contract field safety coordinating 
process: area safety and confined space entry. He 
lives in Chesterfield, VA. • Christopher Getty 



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■92BS/H&S is an accounting/auditing manager at 
the Pncewaterhouse Coopers Foundation in 
Baltimore, He lives in Bel Air, MD. • Lee Goebes 
'97BFA attends Washington and Lee Law School in 
Lexington, VA where he lives, • Kimberly Golden- 
Malmgren '95IVIFA/H&S married Tord Malmgren on 
May 12, 1999 in Stockholm, She is working on a 
novel and participating In the Stockholm Writers' 
Association evening workshops. Currently, Kimberly 
teaches business English and assists with a 
distance learning project 'Alan Goldstein 'SBBS/E 
works at Cambndge Systems, Inc, as a technical 
recruiter. He lives in Glen Allen, VA, • Elizabeth 
Goldstein '96BS/H&S married Michael Lau on July 
15, 2000, She is an accountant at Via-Net- 
Works.com in Reston, VA, They live in Centreville, 
VA, • *Robert Gonzalez '96BFA isadesignerat 
Aquent in NYC, He lives in Brooklyn, • Elizabeth 
(Goodwin) Goodman '98IVISW married Matthew 
Goodman on June 17, 2000, She is a substance 
abuse prevention counselor at Loudoun County 
Schools, They live in Arlington, VA, • *l\lina 
Goodwyn '93BS/MC works at the Virginia Economic 
Development Partnership as senior marketing asso- 
ciate in Richmond, where she lives, • "Philip Griffin 
'95BA/H&S IS a lieutenant in the Virginia Army 
National Guard, to be deployed in October, 2001 
with the 29 ID(L) to Bosnia as part of the stabilization 
force in the country. He married Megan Griffin on 
September 5, 1998, and they celebrated the birth of 
their daughter Emily on July 12, 1999, They live in 
Alexandna, VA, • Jody Griffith 'geBS/HSS is a flight 
attendant with Delta Airlines, She lives in Sunny 
Isles Beach, PL, • Jerry Grimes Jr '98BFA is senior 
designer at Enterprise, IG in NYC, where he lives, • 
*Diana (Blanchard) Gross '94MA/A and her 
husband, Chris celebrated the birth of her first child, 
Parker on December 11, 1999. She is a curator at 
the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, 
VA. The family lives in Norfolk. • Elizabeth (Street) 
Gualdoni '96BS/H&S married Paul Gualdoni '97BFA 
on September 9, 2000. They live in Boston. • Neila 
Gunter'95MPA IS the first African-American woman 
elected chair of the Virginia Credit Union. She had 
been a vice president and U-year member of the 
Board. Neila is a human resources director for the 
state's mental health agency. She is president of 
North Side Community Development Corporation 
and led the creation of a free community health 
center at Fifth Street Baptist Church, She has also 
led |ob placement programs for community youth, 
Neila lives in Richmond with her husband Geary 
and their children Nikeva and Geary Jr, -Todd 
Hanna '98IVIBA works at Omni Packing Corporation 
in Tulsa, OK where he lives. • Bernard Hamm Jr 
■96MEd IS assistant registrar at the University of 
Richmond and lives in Richmond, • Gary Harding 
'99BA/ff&S IS staff assistant and web coordinator at 
the Brookings Institution, He lives in Washington, • 
Jason Hart '94BS '97IV1S ■99PhD/H&S is an assistant 
professor of psychology at Stephen F, Austin State 
University in Nacogdoches, TX. • Pamela Hart 
'99BS/H&S teaches third grade special education at 
J,C, Parks Elementary School in Indian Head, MD, 
She lives in Waldorf, MD, • John Harvey III 
■97BS/I\/IC is a sports writer at the Virginia Gazette in 
Williamsburg, VA, where he lives. He was formerly 
a sports writer at the Page News & Counerm Luray, 
VA, -Carla Hegeman ■95BS/H&S Is a postdoctoral 
research associate at Cornell University in Ithaca, 
I\IY, where she lives. She earned a PhD in plant 
physiology at Virginia Tech. • Michele Heiney 
'96MS 'gSPhD/H&S is a human factors psychologist 
at Federal Data Corporation in Egg Harbor 
Township, NJ. She lives in Absecon, NJ, • Misty 
(Cox) Henderson '95MSW is an adjunct instructor at 
Radford University's School of Social Work, She 
lives in Radford, VA with her husband Dale and their 
two children, Luke and Jude, 'Amy (Snead) 
Hobgood '95BA married Harold Hobgood on May 



20, 2000. She is a recruiter at Management 
Recruiters International, They live in Atlanta, • 
Sheryl (Miller) Hosey ■92BFA ■97MA/H&S teaches 
English at Council Rock High School in Newton, PA, 
In July, 2000, she became a fellow of the National 
Wnting Proiect. Sheryl also teaches literature at 
Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. She 
and her husband John live in Perkiomenville, PA. • 
*Thomas House Jr. ■95BGS/H&S is a VCU Police 
officer and lives in Richmond. • Alyce (Carr) Hudson 
'99BS/E works at the Medical University of South 
Carolina in Charleston as a CTRS/CLS and volunteer 
director for Children's Health, She lives in Mt 
Pleasant, S,C • Robert Hutchinson '9765/6 is port- 
folio administrator at First Union Secunties in 
Richmond, He lives in Colonial Heights, VA. • 
Gretchen Icard '94MSW is senior social worker for 
Henrico County, near Richmond. • Millard Ives 
'936S/MC is police beat reporter for the Wilmington 
Star-News in Wilmington, NC, where he lives. • 
Marsha Jackson '916S/6 is senior project manager 
at TVG, Inc. in Fort Washington, PA. She lives in 
Elkins Park, PA, • Michael Jackson '98C/6 is a 
senior associate at Goodman & Company, L,LP., 
where he has worked for two years, • Cher 
Jackson-Lewis '996GS/H&S works at Bell Atlantic- 
Verizon as a small business consultant in Richmond, 
where she lives. • Cindy Johnson ■99MPA works at 
the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond as an 
inventory management specialist providing weapon 
systems support. She lives in Ladysmith, VA. • 
6ernadine Jones ■97eFA earned a graphic design 
award in the Graphic Design: usa 2000 American 
Graphic Design Awards competition. Her design 
appears in the December 2000 issue of the Graphic 
Design: usa magazine. • Jamie (Snyder) Jones 
'986FA married Brian Jones on January 22, 2000. 
She is a photographer at Tlie Progess-lndex. They 
live in Colonial Heights, VA. • Lyie Jones '90BS/B is 
a fleet credit analyst at Volvo Commercial Finance. 
He lives in Greensboro, NC. • Rochelle (Weinfeld) 
Journalist 'SSBFA is an account executive at Fossil 
in NYC, where she lives with her husband John. • 
Maranda (Stokes) Judd ■99MSW married Tyler 
Judd on June 3, 2000, She is a mental health thera- 
pist at Pathways Employee Assistance Program in 
Gastonia, NC, They live in Charlotte, NC, • Carl 
Juran '92BS/B is an outside sales representative at 
Mid-South Building Supply, • Colette (Waters) Kane 
'94MA/A married Mark Kane on May 23, 2000, She 
is an arts administrator and artist They live in 
Raleigh, NC • Jennifer (6rady) Kane '946S/H&S 
married Kevin Kane on June 24, 2000. She teaches 
4th grade in Goochland County, VA. They live in 
Hennco County, VA, • Sherrill Kaufhnan '906S/E 
won an R,E.B, teacher's grant to study early Greek 
and Roman civilization in Greece and Italy, She 
teaches at Pinchbeck Elementary School in Hennco 
County, VA. • Heather (Shorter) Keating ■97MSW 
married Tim Keating on September 16, 2000. She is a 
medical social worker at Riverside Home Health in 
Newport News, VA, where they live. • Quinton Kelly 
Sr 'SgC/H&S works at the Virgina State Police 
Department He lives in Woodbridge, VA. • Jae Kim 
'976S/H&S earned an MA in Christian Education in 
May, 2000 at Union Theological Seminary and 
Presbyterian School of Chnstian Education in 
Richmond. • Sang Kim '906S/H&S is a computer 
engineer at GlobalOne in Reston, VA. He lives In 
Falls Church, VA. -Jeffrey King ■926S/H&S '96C/e 
passed the Virginia Bar Exam and was admitted into 
the Virginia State Bar. He is in-house counsel for 
CarMax Auto Superstore Inc. • Deirdre Kinney 
■90BA/A is senior associate of individual 
giving/development at PBS in Alexandria, VA, 
where she lives, • Peter Klatt '91 MBA is merchan- 
dising coordinator at Bell Industries in Richmond, 
where he lives • Laura (Heinz) Klotz '94BFA marned 
David Klotz '946A/H&S on May 27, 2000, She 
teaches at Liberty Middle School in Hanover 



County, VA, He works at American Express 
Financial Advisors in Richmond, where they live, • 
Brandon Koch'98BS/MC marned Leslie Ward 
'98BS/MC, He is an account manager at Capital One 
in Richmond, where they live. • Stephen Kopalchick 
Jr '996S/6 is assistant to the president at Christian 
Aid Mission, He lives in Charlottesville, VA, • Philip 
Koslow '93BM is executive director of the Fairbanks 
Symphony Association in Fairbanks, AK where he 
lives. He was executive director of the Tallahassee 
Symphony in Florida for three years. • Linda (Neher) 
LaMarca '926S/H&S marned Anthony LaMarca on 
December 2, 2000, She is a self-employed clinical 
neuropsychologist in New Smyrna Beach, FL, 
where they live, • Keith Laskey '92eA/H8iS is Chief 
of Information Systems at Selecterra in Chicago, 
where he lives, • Andrea (Turnage) Latell '97MEd 
married Jerome Latell ■97MEd on August 5, 2000, 
She is a guidance counselor and he is a technology 
instructor at Lancaster Middle School in 
Kilmarnock, VA, They live in Irvington, VA, • 
Elizabeth (Goldstein) Lau '966S/H&S marned 
Michael Lau on July 15, 2000. She is an accountant 
at Via Networks Inc. in Reston, VA. They live in 
Potomac Falls, VA.« Jennifer Lawler-Mecca 
'90eFA is a self-employed studio potter. She lives 
with her husband, Joseph in Newborn, NC, • Henry 
Lee ■97BFA is working on an MFA in film at New 
York University, He has directed his third short film 
and has started writing his feature and thesis 
project He lives in NYC, 'Jennifer (Chappell) Lee 
'94BS/H&S married Richard Lee on September 9, 
2000, She teaches at Saint Vincent DePaul High 
School, They live in Prince George County, VA, • 
Trina Lee '926S/MC is public relations coordinator 
for the Office of Epidemiology at the Virginia 
Department of Health in Richmond, where she lives. 
She has worked in newsrooms in Richmond, Dallas 
and Washington. She was executive producer at 
Wm/R in Richmond. • Jennifer Leon ■986A/H&S is a 
paralegal at Smith & Miller, P.C. in Richmond, She 
lives in Midlothian, VA. '"Heloise "Ginger" Levit 
'98MA/A IS an art dealer and art histonan in 
Richmond where she lives with her husband Jay 
and their children Richard, Robert and Darcy. She is 
currently writing art articles for several publica- 
tions, including Mid-Atlantic Antiques Monthly. 
Ginger provides French paintings to Richmond col- 
lectors and promotes regional and local artists to 
the corporate market • Mary (Lerch) Lineburg 
'93MS/MC marned Robert Lineburg on Apnl 29, 
2000, She is director of promotions at Markatec in 
Dallas, 'Eric Livingston '966S/H&S married 
♦Rachel Livingston 'OOMS/N on July 23, 1996, He is 
a police officer in Virginia Beach working toward an 
MS in cnminal justice at VCU. Rachel is a nurse 
practitioner at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. They live 
with their children, Victoria, Alexis and Hayley in 
Virginia Beach. 'Tammy Lloyd '916FA ■97M6A 
works at Central Carolina Bank in Greensboro, N.C. 
where she lives. ■ Shannon (Moseley) Lodge 
'92BS/B '96MHA/AH marned Mark Lodge on 
February 26, 2000. She works at the Chesterfield 
Community Health Care Center. They live in 
Chesterfield, VA. • Greg Lohr '976S/MC is a market- 
ing and media reporter at the Washington Business 
Journal. He covered county government at the 
Daily Press in Newport News, VA. Greg also 
covered government and education at the 
Lynchburg News & Advance in Lynchburg, VA. • 
*Ailsa Long '96BFA is an art director at Capital One 
in Glen Allen, VA. She lives in Richmond, •Alicia 
Longley '90BFA is a pre-press technician at 
Mobility, Inc, in Richmond where she lives. 'Amy 
Luckeydoo 'gSBS/H&S ■97MD celebrated the birth 
of her son on March 3, 2000, She graduated from 
pediatric residency in Peoria, IL in June, 2000 and 
works at the Naval Ambulatory Care Clinic in Kings 
Bay, GA. Amy lives in Kingsland, GA, • Sean Malone 
'92BS/H&S is establishing private practice in 



SHAFER COU[<.T 34 CONNECTIONS 



internal medicine. He lives with his wife, Helen and 
son, Roger in Salisbury, NC. • Patrick Mann '97BS/B 
is assistant practice manager at Iron Bridge Animal 
Hospital in Richmond. He lives in Gretna, VA. • 
Debra Manning '96BS/H&S was promoted to lieu- 
tenant in the U.S. Navy in a ceremony at the 
Defense Commissary Agency. • *Melinda Manzi 
■95BS/B is a benefits analyst at Burlington 
Industries. She lives in Greensboro, NC with her 
husband Jim. • Yuqian Mao 'SSMBA is an MBA 
associate at Philip Morns USA in NYC, where she 
lives • Courtney (Warf) Massengill '99MT marned 
William Massengill '98BS/H&S on July 22, 2000 
She teaches fifth grade at Rohoic Elementary 
School. He is deputy director of Constituent 
Services in the Virginia Governor's Office. They live 
in Sutherland, VA. • *Lisa (DeRosa) Mathias 
'93MSW married William Mathias on October 2, 
1999. She is a staff attorney at Legal Aid Bureau, 
Inc. where she represents abused and neglected 
children in state court dependency hearings. They 
live in Baltimore. • Richard Matthews '95BGS/H&S 
is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He currently lives in 
Santa Rita, Guam • Alissa (Biem) Maynard '91BFA 
is president and an interior designer at Conceptual 
Planning Group. She lives with her husband, James 
and their son, Mackenzie in Viejo, CA. • Odell 
McCants Jr. '92BA/H&S is president and CEO of 
Personnel Remedies, LLC in Alexandria, VA. He lives 
in Washington. • Challiss McDonough '93BA/H&S is 
a journalist and Southern Africa Bureau Chief at the 
Voice of America in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
She travels throughout the region, covenng 1 1 
countries. Challiss lives in Richmond, South Africa. • 
•Timothy McKeever '%MBA works at SunTrust 
Mortgage, Inc. as a financial analyst in Richmond, 
where he lives. • Sara McMahon '97BFA is a free- 
lance graphic artist living in Austin, TX. • Patricia 
McMullan 'gOBA/H&S works at Best Software. She 
lives in Manassas, VA. • *Kelli Miller '91 BS/MC is 
president of NEWScience, Inc., a science and 
medical news production company in Atlanta, GA. 
Her clients include NewsProNet Interactive, The 
Weather Channel, The Gale Group and Schlager 
Information Group. Kelli's work also appears in 
Science and Its Times, Understanding ttie Social 
Significance of Scientific Discovery, Volumes 3,5,6 
and 7. She lives in Woodstock, GA. • Melody Moore 
'99PhD/E is division chair of extended learning and 
distance education at John Tyler Community 
College in Chester, VA. She was coordinator of con- 
tinuing education and has been with the college 
since 1996. She lives in Colonial Heights, VA. • John 
Moorefield '97BS/B is director of community 
lending at Neighborhood Housing Services of 
Richmond (NHSR). NHSR is a non-profit promoting 
home-ownership and rehabilitating homes in 
depressed areas of Richmond. His wife. Amy (Graf) 
Moorefield '96BA/A is assistant director of VCU's 
Anderson Gallery. • *Robert Moss '95BS/B is distnct 
executive director at the Central Florida YMCA in 
Winter Park, FL He lives in Maitland, Fl. • Jackie 
(Finney) Mullins '94BFA pursues an MA in museum 
studies at VCU. Her husband Rodney Mullins 
'94BS/B is a senior software engineer at Insource 
Software Solutions. They live in Richmond. • Teresa 
(Conti) Mullins '99MT marned Brent Mullins on July 
22, 2000. She teaches elementary school at Hanover 
County Schools. They live in Mechanicsville, VA. • 
Stephanie (Dzierzek) Murphy '90BS/H&S '95BS/D is 
a dental hygienist at Dr. Richard Bates' office in 
Colonial Heights, VA. She lives in Chester, VA. • 
Valerie Nellen '96MS '99PhD/H&S works at 
Conexant Systems in Newport Beach, CA. She lives 
in Huntington Beach, CA. • Heather Nelson '98BSW 
is a residential and outpatient therapist working 
with boys 9-18 at Arizona Youth Associates. She 
lives in Scottsdale. • Melanie (Bumette) Newlin 
'97BS/H&S married Bradley Newlin on October 16, 
1999. She is an aftercare case manager at 



Cornerstone's Camp Kenbridge. They live in 
Hampton, VA. • Scott Newman '91 MEd is assistant 
dean/director of housing and residential life at 
Eureka College. He lives in Normal, IL. • *Susan 
Noble '96MT teaches at Hennco County Schools 
and lives in Richmond. • Ashley Nunn '95BFA is 
owner and president of Birdland Enterprises and 
works as a counselor for sexually and verbally 
abused children in CA. She was a model and avian 
behavionst. Ashley also studies holistic medicine. 
She lives in San Francisco. • Tanya Owens '98BFA 
IS art director at Champ Car magazine where she 
directs photography and design. She was a graphic 
production assistant for a magazine publisher in 
Richmond. Tanya lives in Tustin, CA. • Amy Parkhill 
'93BFA is a production director at Creative 
Industnes in Glen Allen, VA. She lives in Richmond. • 
Shelley Parnell '96BS/H&S is an attorney in general 
litigation at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP in Minneapolis. 
She lives with her husband, Leiand in St. Paul, MN. • 
Nicolle Parsons-Pollard '92BS/MC '97MS/H&S is a 
systems administrator at the Hanover County 
Sheriff's Office. She pursues a PhD at VCU in of 
public policy and administration as well. Nicolle 
was a cnme analyst She lives with her husband of 
10 years and their two children, ages 3 and 6 in 
Richmond. ' Lori Parziale '90BFA and her husband, 
Victor celebrated the birth of their first child, Victor 
Parziale II on June 21, 1999. She is an illustrator at 
the Virginia Department of Game and Inland 
Fisheries. They live in Lynchburg, VA. • *Anthony 
Pearman '88BFA was named to the Amencan 
Advertising Federation's National Addy Advisory 
Committee. He is CEO and creative director of 
Access in Roanoke, VA. • Daniel Pearson 
'92BS/H&S is regional senior clinical research 
associate for The PHOENIX, a research manage- 
ment company in Mt. Ariington, NJ. He lives in 
Chesterfield, VA • Gregory Pfrommer '94BFA works 
at Light & Sound Design as production manager 
and programmer. He lives in Atlanta. • Lara 
(Johnson) Phalen '92BS/MC is senior strategic 
sales analyst at Sallie Mae. She lives in 
Washington. • Gerard Pineda '91BS/B works at The 
401 k Company as a programmer. He lives in Austin, 
TX • *J. Michael Pitzer Jr '90BFA marned Ruth 
Hutson on December 30, 2000. They live in 
Alexandria, VA. • Lisa Polk ■99BS/H&S is a parale- 
gal at Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll in 
Washington. She lives in Columbia, MD. • Joe 
Pudner '98BS/B is a third-year law student at 
University of Pennsylvania Law School. He lives in 
Philadelphia. • Pamela Pugh '91BS/H&S '93MEd is 
director of operations for an international health 
care firm in Falls Church, VA. She lives in Lake 
Ridge, VA. • Rina Rapuano '97BA/H&S is Inside 
Business'sfnsl managing editor. She was chief 
copy editor and editorial assistant since 1998. • 
Bryan Reedy '97BS/E married Alexa Lane on 
September 30, 2000. He works at Richmond Cold 
Storage. They live in Prince George, VA. • Donna 
Reynolds '97BS/H&S '99MS(RC)/AH is a counselor 
at the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. She 
lives in Richmond. • 'Gena Rhone '97MEd is a 
guidance counselor at Norview Elementary in 
Norfolk, VA. • Nichelle Ricks ■96BSW teaches 
Language Arts and Social Studies at John Yates 
Middle School in Suffolk, VA. She earned an MT in 
Sociology with a minor in Language Arts and Social 
Studies from Hampton University on May 9, 1999. 
Nichelle lives in Smithfield, VA. • Christian 
(LeGrand) Riggs '99MS/MC married James Riggs on 
September 30, 2000. She is an instructional systems 
specialist at CASCOM in Fort Lee, VA and an active 
volunteer at the Ettnck-Matoaca Volunteer Rescue. 
They live in Chesterfield, VA. • *Kimela Robbins 
'97BS/B is an analyst at Jorge Scientific Corporation 
in Arlington, VA. She lives in Woodbridge, VA. • 
Melissa Rock-Jackson '95BS/H&S is a juvenile cor- 
rections worker at Rappahannock Juvenile 



Detention in Fredericksburg, VA. She lives with her 
husband, Casey and their son, Casey Jr. in Ruther 
Glen, VA. • *Maria Rogal '95MFA is a senior 
designer at Sapient. She lives in Atlanta. • *James 
Rose '90BFA is an artist and assistant professor of 
fine arts at Kutztown University. His work is shown 
in national juried shows and is part of the perma- 
nent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art 
and the Afncan-Amencan Historical and Cultural 
Museum. His simple images deal with complex 
issues such as race, fear, isolation, struggle, beauty, 
anger, spirituality and change. • Timothy Rose 
'98BS/H&S works in pharmaceutical sales at 
Schenng in Midlothian, VA, where he lives. • Trina 
(Copley) Rowe ■94BS/H&S marned Christopher 
Rowe on July 1, 2000. She is a physician assistant at 
Harmony Clinical Research, Inc. in Johnson City, 
TN. They live in Bristol, TN. • Terri (Touchette) 
Russell '95MSW married Brian Russell on 
November 6, 1999. She is on the social work staff at 
Henrico County Schools. They live in Richmond. • 
Erin (Easton) Ryan '92BS/H&S is a human resources 
generalist at Developmental Management Systems. 
She lives in OIney, MD with her husband, Frank and 
their daughter, Katherine. • Tracy (Tuten) Ryan 
■96PhD/B earned a Fulbnght grant to teach at Korea 
University in Seoul dunng spnng semester 2001 . 
She is an assistant professor of marketing, manage- 
ment, advertising and e-commerce at Longwood 
College in Farmville, VA. Tracy recently contnbuted 
to the books Advances in Psychology Research and 
On-line Social Science. Her articles have appeared 
in several professional journals including Industnal 
Marketing Management, Marketing Research, and 
Human Resource Management Journal. Tracy 
conducts her research with ZUMA, an international 
leader in social science research in Mannheim, 
Germany. She lives with her husband Michael Ryan 
Jr. '87BS/B ■94MBA in Richmond • Samantha 
(Burgess) Sartain 'OOMT marned David Sartain 
■%BGS/H&S on June 10, 2000. She teaches in 
Hanover County, VA. He works at Richmond 
Window Corporation. They live in Richmond. • Greer 
Saunders ■93BS/H&S is a special assistant to the 
president at Virginia State University in Petersburg, 
VA. She lives in Richmond. • Stephen Scafidi II 
'91BA/H&S wrote his first book. Sparks from a Mine- 
Pound Hammer: Poems, published by Louisiana 
State University Press. He is a poet and cabinet- 
maker living in Summit Point, VW with his wife, 
Kathleen. Stephen's poems have appeared in 
American Poetry Review, Shenandoah Southern 
Poetry Review. Southern Reviewani others. • 
Jeanne Schlesinger '95MEd is a member of the 
Team in Training (TNT) for the Leukemia and 
Lymphoma Society. She will be participating in a 
100-mile bike nde to raise money for research on 
leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and 
myeloma. Jeanne works at VCU's School of 
Medicine. • Bryan Schlotman '93BS/H&S is a lieu- 
tenant in the U.S. Navy in Washington, He lives in 
Kensington, MD. • Virginia Schraudt '90BS/MC is a 
pharmaceutical sales representative at Organon 
Pharmaceuticals in Richmond, where she lives. • 
Bryan Searcy '98BS/E teaches at Fluvanna County 
High School. He and his wife Errin (Kardos) Searcy 
'99BS/H&S live in Palmyra, VA with their children 
Charles and Abigail. • Cynthia Seay '99MT teaches 
third grade in Richmond, where she lives. • 
Courtney (Robison) Semisch '93MS/f1&S earned a 
PhD in sociology in May, 2000 from Pennsylvania 
State University- She is a research associate for the 
U.S. Sentencing Commission in Washington, 
researching federal sentencing policy issues for 
implementation within federal guidelines. She lives 
in Oakton, VA. • Kimberly (Rorrer) Separ '97MA/A 
married Michael Separ on May 20, 2000. She is a 
librarian at VCU. They live in Richmond. • Barbara 
(Hitt) Sepdham '95MS/H&S married Dan Sepdham 
'97MD in May, 1997. She teaches biology and envi- 



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ronmental science at community colleges. Barbara 
lives in Panama City, FL. • Kimberly Severino 
■98MS/B IS a retail leasing associate tor the Norfolk 
retail team. She was director of research for the 
company's Hampton Roads and Richmond offices. • 
Jason Shannon '98BS/B married Rachel Mahaffey 
on June 24, 2000. He works at Richmond Decorating 
Incorporated. They live in Ruther Glen, VA. • *Erin 
(Hiley) Sharp '99BS/H&S is a graduate student at 
Pennsylvania State University. She lives in College 
Park, PA -Sharon (Campbelll Sheatfer91BS/B 
married Damon Sheatfer on September 11, 1999. 
They live and work In Richmond. •William Sheffey 
'90BS/B Is vice president in the investment manage- 
ment group at Commerce Bancshares, inc. in 
Kansas City, MO. He was senior equity trader and 
has eight years of banking expenence. 'Heather 
Shields '98BFA works at Shields Communications 
Services, Inc. as a purchasing agent in Richmond 
where she lives. • Patrick Siewert 'SSBS/H&S 
married Cynthia Searles on October 23, 1999. He 
works for Henrico County, VA. -Jason Simon 
'95BS/B is a direct sales representative at Inter-Tel 
Technologies in Milliard, OH. He lives in 
Worthington, OH. -Stefan Sittig ■97MFA is a 
language team assistant and actor at World Bank in 
Washington. He performed voice-over/narratlonfor 
two public service spots in Portuguese for the Clean 
Air Initiative in Latin American Cities; they aired on 
CNN and in Brazil. He has appeared in Side Showai 
the Signature Theatre, in 1/KesfS/de Story as A-rab 
and in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor 
Dreamcoatas Zebulon atthe OIney Theatre in 
Washington. Stefan is a dance/fight choreographer 
for several theatres. He taught at Messiah College 
In PA for the past two years, where he choreo- 



graphed Anything Goes and The Pirates of 
Penzance. He lives In Arlington, VA. - Steven 
Skinner '91 BS/MC is director of marketing, legisla- 
tive and public affairs atthe Virginia Department of 
Fire Programs in Richmond. -D. Tracy Smith 
'95MFA and his wife, Shauna celebrated the birth of 
their son, Sandy. Tracy is a set designer at Carsey- 
Werner Productions working on television shows 
such as Third Rocl< from the Sun, That 70's Show 
and Grounded for Life - Dana Smith's '90MFA 
Women Clothed with the Sun was published by 
Louisiana State University Press. Her poems have 
appeared in Faith at Work, Visions, and American 
Voice. Dana teaches at Strode College and lives in 
Exeter, England. • Robert Smith 'SSBS/H&S is a pro- 
bation officer with Chesterfield Community 
Corrections in Chesterfield, VA. He lives in 
Richmond and is pursuing an MBA. -*Shawn 
Spears '91BS/B is director of finance at 
Excite@Home Corporation, the leader in broadband 
in Redwood City, CA. He was director of finance at 
Arthur Anderson LLP In LA. Shawn lives in San 
Francisco -Margaret Spradlin'99BS/B is a human 
resources representative at LG&E Power Inc. in 
Richmond, where she lives. • Melissa (Brown) 
Stanley '97BS/B married Joel Stanley on September 
25, 1999. She Is a CPA at Southern States 
Cooperative. They live in Ashland, VA. - Martha 
Steger '96BS/H&S was inducted into the Virginia 
Communications Hall of Fame on April 14, 2001. The 
Communications Hall of Fame recognizes Virginians 
who have shown exceptional achievement in print 
journalism, broadcasting, public relations, advertis- 
ing and interactive media. Martha is director of 
public relations for the Virginia Tourism Corporation. 
•Marsha (Butler) Stephens '92BS/MC is an MIS 



analyst ll/software developer at Capital One. She 
spends her free time restoring her 1909 Victorian 
house In Ashland, VA with her husband Don. • 
Shannon (Secrist) Stevens '93BFA Is a special edu- 
cation teacher at 21st Century Academy in 
Petersburg, VA. She lives in Prince George, VA. - 
Brian Steveson ■90BS/B'95MTax manages account- 
ing services at Dominion Resources, Inc. • Miranda 
Stewart-Willis '91BFA pursues an MBA In interna- 
tional marketing at George Washington University. 
She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband Keith 
and their daughter Kaeden. -Amy (Reeves) Sumner 
'95MSW married Anthony Sumner 'TSBS/P 
■93MS/AH on December 30, 2000. Both work for 
Cigna Healthcare in Bloomfleld, CT, where they live. 
-Amanda Taylor '98MS is a federal probation 
officer. She lives In Abingdon, VA. • Kimberly 
Terbush '93BFA is a registrar at the New York 
Historical Society. She lives in Brooklyn. - 
'Christopher Thomas '95BFA is an internet analyst 
at Lucent Technologies In Denver, where he lives. • 
Sibyl Thomas '93BS/MC is a broadcast media buyer 
at Arnold Communications. - Margaret Tinsley 
'92MFA/H&S is director of public relations at the 
Virginia Society of the American Institute of 
Architects (VSAIA) in Richmond. She was the 
Valentine Museum's director of public relations. 
Margaret is a published poet and freelance writer. 
She was named to Inside Hus/ness's 1999 "Top 40 
Under 40." Margaret just completed her first SuperS 
film, Fishin' Blues land Pinks}. - Joseph Topich V 
'95BS'96C/B married Heather Bridges on April 29, 
2000. He IS an accountant at Computer Sciences 
Corporation in Falls Church, VA. They live in 
Alexandna, VA. - Heather Trail '99BS/E earned cer- 
tification as therapeutic recreation specialist. She 




High Wattage 

Lucille (Anderson) Baber '39BS/H&S died on Febraiy 
26, at home in Richmond, after a long illness— the first, 
she confided, of a long and active life. She was 87. 

At the Richmond Division of the College of William 
and Mary, "Andy" was a chemistry major. She was also 
tall, lively and beautiful — on all the athletic teams and 
in most of the plays, where because of the lack of men 
students (only one) and her height, she played men's 
roles. "1 had long hair, in one braid down my back. The 
drama teacher said, 'Don't turn around.'" She added, "1 
had a working scholarship." 

Her biggest drama in those years was a confrontation 
with Henry Hibbs, over where she would go to graduate school. "1 had been 
accepted into University of Virginia, but 1 told Dr. Hibbs 1 wanted to stay at 
home and go to MCV." Hibbs, however, was anxious for the prestige of one of 
his students attending UVA. "He was very dramatic. Well, you won't get a 
degree, here." Hibbs forgot how small Richmond was. Andy's family spoke to 
their friend at MCV, Dr. Sanger, who spoke to Dr. Hibbs. She stayeci at home 
for graduate school. 

After graduation, Lucille went into industrial research at Philip Morris, 
working side by side in the lab with Clinton Baber. The chemistry was right. 
Their wartime wedding in 1941 began a highly successful lifelong collabora- 
tion. 

Clinton's work took them to Venezuela and the Philippines. ("When we 
arrived in Carracas, there was a party for us — that went on for seven years," 
Clinton smiled.) In Venezuela, Lucille raised funds with the American 
Association of University Women to send young women to U.S. graduate 
schools. She helped set up schools for blind and deaf children. In the 
Philipines she became a teacher herself. Studying painting gave her another 
way to respond to the world around her — focusing on flower in the rain, or a 
Filipino mother with her children. Or, the portrait of the young woman who 
worked for them, who appropriated the painting — "Look at the picture 'Mom' 
is painting for me!" Later, back in Richmond, she volunteered with the Red 
Cross and other community groups. 

We were lucky enough to meet Lucille a little over a year ago when she 
posed for the back cover of last summer's issue. A delight at the photo shoot, 
she was a pleasure and an inspiration in a few visits with her at home near 
VCU. Lucille and her husband, Clinton, maintained their joy in life as it got 




harder. They had a grace and valiance that seemed to come from their 
personal integrity and from their love and consideration of each other. 

Lucille, "Andy," was a high wattage person. A definite light has 
gone out. 
— M.E. Mercer 

Constituents First 

Norman Sisisky '49BS/B died at home in Richmond, 
March 29, 2(X31, days after surgery to remove two can- 
cerous growths from his lungs. Sisisky, a Democrat, was 
a Virginia representative in Congress since 1983, and 
served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1973-82. 

Sisisky came home from Navy service in World War 
II and attended RPl on the G.l. Bill, working nights to 
pay his living expenses. After graduation, he bought a 
small famUy-owned Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in 
Southern Virginia and ttansformed it into a multi- 
million dollar business. "1 never knew 1 would make so much money out of 
selling colored water," he told a fiiend. Then he ran for office. VCU not only 
prepared him for business, Sisisky said, but the university's "commitment to 
community helped foster my sense of public service." 

In Congress, Sisisky became a senior member of the House Committee on 
Armed Services and served on the House Committee on Intelligence. He was 
recognized by both parties for leadership on national security issues. He 
proposed legislation to diversify the defense industry and agreed that 
campaign finance reform was necessary. (He donated his own congressional 
salary to charity.) Legislation he sponsored or supported preserved Virginia 
waterways, brought thousands of defense jobs to his constituents in the 
Hampton area, and mandated Medicare preventive saeenings for colorectal, 
prostate, breast and cer\'ical cancers — a bill that passed in 1997. 

Virginia Senator John Warner gave the eulogy at Sisisky's fianeral. Former 
state Senator Elmon Gray of Waverly, Virginia and a longtime friend, com- 
mented, "1 had the best congressman in Washington. The trick is knowing 
the system and how to use it, and nobody, nobody learned it better than 
Norman, or liked it as much as he did." 

Fanfare for a Common Man 

Edward Mirr, professor emeritus who had taught in the Music Department for 
38 years, died August 28, 2000 at 72 from chronic lymphacytic leukemia. 

Born in New York City, Mirr left the High School of Music & Art in 1943 
at 16 to begin his professional career as trumpeter with the Indianapolis 



SHAFER COURT 36 CONNECTIONS 



works at Inova Kellar Center School in Fairfax, VA. • 
Jerry Trice II ■92BFA is head chef at Yin Yankee 
Cafe in Annapolis. His specialties Include all types 
of Asian and Onental cuisine and southern Virginia 
cooking. Jerry has worked in several restaurants 
including the Red Sage, Bistro-Bistro and Sam & 
Harry's.* Mark Troia'91BFA will be participating in 
the Aids Vaccine Ride in Montana in August, 2001. 
with co-workers from MIT and the Whitehead 
Institute. For Information, email Mark at 
samily@mltedu, or visit Pallota Teamworks' 
website at www.vacclneride.org. Mark lives in 
Cambridge, MA. • Peter Van VIeet '97BS/IVIC is a 
writer for CNN Headline News in Atlanta, where he 
lives • Gwendolyn (Bennett) Vaughan '97BSW 
married Matthew Vaughan ■97BS/H&S on October 
7, 2000. She works for the City of Alexandria Mental 
Health. He works for Fairfax County Department of 
Family Services. They live in Alexandria, VA. • 
*Kristi Vera '97MSW is a clinical social worker at 
VCU's University Counseling Services in Richmond, 
where she lives. • •Wendy Vick-Wlllis '95BA/H&S 
married Jeremy Willis on May 27, 2000. She Is 
director of development for Oflcinca Legal del 
Pueblo Unido, a non-profit public Interest law firm. 
Wendy works in the Austin, TX office: The Texas 
Civil Rights Project • Benjamin Wagner '99BS/H&S 
Is an industrial engineering supervisor-Hub planner 
with the United Parcel Service In Richmond. He 
lives In Petersburg, VA. • *Tracy (Crimmins) Wales 
'92BS/H&S marned Eddie Wales on July 29, 1995. 
They own Motor Supply Company Bistro in 
Columbia, SC where they live. Tracy Is a vetennari- 
an at Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic. • *Monica 
Walton '93BS '98MS(RC)/AH is a mental health case 
manager and counselor at Richmond Behavioral 



Health Authority In Richmond. She serves on the 
MCV Alumni Association Board. Monica lives in 
Powhatan, VA. • Katharine (Pendergrass) Ward 
■98MT married Nathan Ward on July 22, 2000. She 
teaches biology In Florida. They live in West Palm 
Beach • Charlotte Watts ^OBGS MMS 
■%PhD/H8iS IS clinical director of the Family 
Counseling Center at VCU Health Systems. • 
William Webb '%BS/E teaches at Roanoke City 
Schools in Roanoke, VA, where he lives. • Chante 
Wellington ■99BS/H&S is pursuing an Master's in 
Psychology at Duquesne University in Monroeville, 
PA, where she lives. • Steven Wells '92BA/H&S is 
assistant director of Information services at 
PharmaResearch Corporation, a contract research 
organization in Morrisville, NC. He lives in Chapel 
Hill, NC. • *Sue Werner 'gSMS/B works at Federal 
Reserve Information Technology in Richmond, 
where she lives • Michael White ■94BS/H&S 
earned an MD at Marshall University School of 
Medicine In 1999 and Is In family practice residency 
at Florida Hospital In Orlando. He lives with his wife, 
Kann and their daughter, Leanna Michelle in 
Longwood, FL • *Mark Whitman '98MBA is a sales 
representative at MLXL Sportswear Inc. in Chester, 
VA, where he lives. • Diana Wilkinson '90BS/H&S is 
a zoning officer for the City of Wllllamsburg,VA. She 
lives In Deltaville, VA. • Helen Yang '96BFA is senior 
designer at Sapient In San Francisco, CA where she 
lives. • Vinny Yim '95BS/MC is online marketing 
manager at Bazllllon in Seattle. He lives in 
Mountlake Terrace, WA. • Andy Young '98BFA 
married Maria (Eriandsen) Young '97BS/H&S in 
May 2000. He Is a disc jockey at DC-101. They live in 
Burke, VA. • Linda Young 'giMSW owns The Family 
Therapy Place in Round Rock, TX. She lives in 



Piano, TX • Stephanie (Evans) Young ^SBFA 

married Andrew Young on April 8, 2000. She is a 
webpage designer at Media General newspapers, 
Richmond. They live in Mechanlcsville, VA. • *Kabir 
Yousuf '%BS/H&S 'OOMD is starting his residency 
at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He lives 
in Cordova, TN. 

2000s 

Allison Aheart 'OOBS/B is a hardware support spe- 
cialist at Ferguson Enterpnses in Newport News, 
VA, where she lives. • Amy Anderson 'OOMPA works 
in public relations at Sterling Hager in Watertown, 
MA. She lives in Norwell, MA. • Alison Barry 
'OOBA/H&S works at Sprint Corporation in sales for 
the small business division. She sells dedicated 
internet protocol, data ports, etc. Alison lives in 
Louisville, KY. • Kathryn Best 'OOMA/H&S teaches 
English at Tnnity Episcopal School m Richmond, 
where she lives. • Tiffany Boone 'OOBFA is an 
interior designer at Banerjee & Goff, Inc. In 
Richmond, where she lives. • Vickie Burda 
'OOBS/H&S is an internet technical assistant at First 
Union National Bank in Richmond, where she lives. 
She is taking graduate courses at VCU. • Robert 
Culbertson 'OOMEd won an R.E.B. teacher's grant to 
study cathedrals in Italy. He teaches at Thomas 
Dale High School in Chesterfield, VA. • Mary Davis 
'OOMIS/H&S IS a GIS specialist at the Virginia 
Economic Development Partnership In Richmond, 
where she lives. • Marc DeAngelo 'OOMSW is a 
social worker at Prince William County Schools. He 
lives with his wife, Elizabeth (Graf) DeAngelo 
'OOMSW in Lake Ridge, VA. • Theresa Dionisio 
'OOBS/H&S attends medical school and lives in 




Symphony Orchestra. In summer, 1947, he won a schol- 
arsliip to play trumpet in the Berkshire Music Festival 
Orchestra at Tanglewood, under Boston Symphony con- 
ductor Serge Koussevitsky and guest conductors Aaron 
Copeland and Leonard Bernstein. He later earned a BA 
at Queens College and an MA at Columbia University. 

Mirr was principal trumpet for 15 years with the 
Richmond Symphony and retired after 38 years of per- 
formance with the orchestra. All told, he had 55 years of 
orchestra performance, from the Richmond and 
Indianapolis Symphonies to the orchestras for Ballet 
Russe de Monte Carlo and the Metropolitan Opera. 
In 1960, Mirr came to Ridimond to play principal 
tmmpet in the Richmond Symphony and to teach at RPl. Mirr founded 
VCU's Brass Ensemble and the Richmond Symphony Brass Quintet, which 
performed for students at area public schools, gave trumpet clinics, taught 
private trumpet lessons, and performed recitals and solo performances. In 
1961 he founded the Richmond Regional Band. Many of those players earned 
music degrees and now teach in Virginia's music programs, including the 
Richmond Symphony's. 

Those teachers had a good model. "Ed had the patience of Job," says 
faculty colleague Tim Streagle '91BM'97MM. "He was a very thorough 
private teacher. He was always looking for ways a student could improve, 
no matter what level they were. He always focused on the positive." Bob 
EUithorpe '71BM says, "He was one of the kindest men I've ever known. 
He was always concerned with students' welfare, and finding playing 
opportunities." 

Linda Johnston '72BME was in Mirr's class for music education majors 
"where we had to learn to play all the brass instmments, so you can imagine 
what that was like. He had an amazing performance record, and often good 
performers are not so patient. But it didn't seem to fmstrate him. He was 
really a teacher." She adds, "You associate certain personalities with certain 
instruments; he never had the egotism of many tmmpet players." Years later, 
Johnston took a job in the Music Department office. "I remember you, 
Linda," said Mirr. "You were a very fine player." "'You don't remember 
much,' I said." "No, you were a very good student." 

For better players, Min brought world-class experience and contacts — and 
the same generosity he showed music education majors. George Tuckwiller 
'73BM studied with Mirr and then played beside him as second tmmpet in 
the Richmond Symphony for 29 years. "He was highly skilled," Tuckwiller 
says, and explains the impeccable musical lineage that Mirr's students could 



connect with. "His teachers were Harry Glantz — principal tmmpet in 
Toscanini's orchestra, Vacchiano, trumpet principal in the New York 
Philharmonic. Ed Mirr learned from them, and then passed that on to us." 
The summer Mirr spent at Tanglewood, the tmmpet section was Min, Adolph 
"Bud" Herseph, who has just retired after 53 years as principal with the 
Chicago Symphony, and Robert Nagle, a founder of the New York Brass 
Quintet, who taught at Yale. 

Tuckwiller remembers a school brass ensemble concert when the tuba 
player got sick. "Ed made some calls, and Chester Schmitz — now retiring prin- 
cipal taba of the Boston Symphony — came and sat in with us. We were 
dazzled. But," he continues, "it was never a big deal with Ed; it was all for the 
music. He had absolutely no pretense. You see, he'd already done everything 
we all wanted to do." 

Mirr retired from VCU in May 1998. Former students gave a Memorial 
Concert in a packed church on October 10, 2000. This spring a tree was 
planted in Ed Mirr's name near the Performing Arts Center. 

Logical, and Funny, too 

David Schedler died of complications from cancer, at home in Colorado 
Springs on June 28. He had retired to Colorado after teaching math and 
computer science at VCU from 1969-96. 

Originally a professor of pure mathematics, in topology, Schedler began 
covering computer courses at VCU out of pure need as the industry picked up 
momentum. It was a good fit for his naturally logical mind. "He loved getting 
the newest software programs and playing with them and fixing them," says 
his daughter, Andrea Schedler Kibe. "He was an engineer at heart." 

But, points out colleague Richard Morris, "He was a very serious mathe- 
matician. He took two summers of coursework in computer science, essential- 
ly changing his field." In the eariy '70s, the department set up a math lab for 
self-paced learning. Faculty Reuben Fariey, James Wood and Schedler worked 
nights, pushing to complete a self-paced textbook, Trigonometi)', published by 
Prentice-Hall and used at other universities. Morris adds, "He had a marvelous 
sense of humor. He kept things light." Perhaps that was one reason a steady 
stream of smdents came to his office for help. 

The humor and engineering came together in Schedler's avocation. He 
was a toy ttain enthusiast, a member of the Richmond Freelance and 
Prototype Model Railroad Club and a charter member of the Virginia Train 
Collectors (O gauge). 

"He was a good, loyal friend," says retired biology professor Miles 
Johnson. "He was interested in a lot of things. He had a lively intellectual 
curiosity." 



SUMMER 37 2001 



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Farmville, VA. • *Jamell Dumas 'OOBS/B is a retail 
account manager at Seagram Americas in 
Richmond, He worked in customer service at 
Federal Express. • C. Suzanne Ellyson 'OOBA/H&S 
works at Dnve Smart Virginia, Inc. a non-profit in 
Glen Allen, VA. She is pursuing an MPA at VCU and 
lives in Richmond, • Matthew Genovesi 'OOC/H&S is 
a senior developer of e-commerce and lives in 
Richmond • Justin Gunther 'OOBS/H&S attends 
VCU's School of Medicine and lives in Richmond. • 
Bernard Gupton 'OOPhD/H&S is director of process 
research and commercial development at 
Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals in Petersburg, VA. 
He lives in Midlothian, VA. • Rebecca Henry 'OOBGS 
is a photographer living in Arlington, VA. • 'Debbie 
Holmes 'OOBS/H&S works for a non-profit that 
recruits and develops minority students for summer 
internships with Fortune 500 companies. She lives in 
Midlothian, VA with her husband Donald and their 
two children, Donasia and Donald Jr. • Jenea 
(Fludd) Holmes ■QOBS/MC marned Woodrow 
Holmes on August 19, 2000, They live in GA, • Ellen 
Jackson 'OOBA/H&S is a first year student in the 
public policy Master's program at the College of 
William and Mary, She lives in Waverly, VA, • *L. 
Crag Jones 'OOBS/H&S is a communications officer 
atthe Henrico County Police Department, He lives 
in Richmond, • Kamran Kabolizadeh OOBS/H&S is a 
medical student and lives in Richmond, • Tamara 
LaPonte 'OOMEd is a guidance counselor at King 
George High School, She lives in Fredericksburg, 
VA, • Mei Liu 'OOMS/H&S works at Ciena 
Corporation in Cupertino, CA, She lives in 
Sunnyvale, CA • Eleanor Lunasin 'OOBS/H&S is a 
pharmacy student. She works at Eckerd in Virginia 
Beach, where she lives • Shannon Marshall 
'OOBS/MC is a WCDX promotions assistant at Radio 
One Richmond. She lives in Richmond. • Matthew 
McCutchen 'OOMM teaches conducting, theoi^ and 
aural skills at VCU. He directs the VCU Pep Band 
and Greater Richmond Honors Band. Matthew also 
teaches percussion at Atlee High School and Lee- 
Davis High School. He lives in Richmond. •Whitney 
(Pearson) McDaniel 'OOBS/H&S is the office 
manager at Dr. Bonnie Pearson's dental office in 
Petersburg, VA. She lives in Chesterfield, VA. • 
James McDonough '01BIS/H&S received a fellow- 
ship at the University of Miami for a PhD program in 
chemistry • William Mickiewicz 'OOBS/B is a 
stockbroker at Paine Webber in Charlottesville, VA. 
• Rashida Mitchell 'OOMURP is a management 
analyst consultant at KPMG Consulting in McLean, 
VA. She lives in Crofton, MD. • Nicole Nastacie 
'OOMBA IS assistant brand manager of Reynolds foil 
products in Richmond. • Joe Nio '93BS/B 'OOMS/MC 
is now in the f^ew York Garment Distnct at a small 
ad agency called dweckl, with a reputation for pro- 
ducing smart-ass advertising — on Ad Age's Top 
Ten list for 2000. Clients include New York 
Magazine, Swatch, and Big Foote Music. As a 
strategic planner, Joe makes sure that the smart- 
ass work is at least smart. • *Olivia Orr 'OOBS/MC is 
special projects coordinator for the communica- 
tions at Virginia Farm Bureau Federation in 
Richmond, where she lives. • James Pickral Jr 
'OOBA/H&S IS a technical consultant at Potomac 
Systems. He lives in Richmond, • Mary (Smith) 
Piland 'OOMT marned Jethro Piland III on July 1, 
2000, They live in Mechanicsville, VA. • 
Robert Przybylski 'OOBS/H&S is an infantry rifle 
platoon leader in the US. Army. He lives in 
Yorktown, VA. • *Kevin Pugh 'OOBS/H&S is a 
platoon leader in the U.S, Army 549th military police 
company in Ft Stewart, GA, He will deploy to 
Bosnia in March, 2002, Kevin lives with his wife, Lisa 
in Hinesville, GA, • Dhanya Puram 'OOBS/H&S 
attends medical school on VCU's MCV Campus and 
lives in Richmond. • LeWanda Raines 'OOBFA 
teaches modern, jazz and tap dancing atthe 
Southside School of Ballet She choreographed a 



promotional for Fox 35 of Richmond and taught 
Introduction to Dance to at-rlsl( youth in the 
Richmond area. LeWanda appeared as a guest 
artist at VCU last fall. • Jeremy Sawyer 'OOBS/B is a 
staff accountant at Williams Overman Pierce and 
Co. LLP. in Greensboro, NC. • W. Carter Snipes 
'OOBS/MC Is an interactive marketing specialist at 
A&E Television Networks In NYC. He manages and 
produces online and on-air creative advertising for 
The History Channel, and A&E Biography Channel. 
He recently launched a website for Egypt Beyond 
the Pyramids, which aired on The History Channel In 
May He lives in Brooklyn. • Robbie Springfield 
'OOBS/B is a registered representative at First 
Investors Corporation in Richmond, where she lives. 
• Ahmad Stagg 'OOBS/E is pursuing a PhD in 
physical therapy from Hampton University. He lives 
in Virginia Beach.* Jerry Walsh Jr'OOBS/En is a 
test engineer at Easts in Richmond. • Anthony Webb 
■OOBS/H&S Is a deputy court clerk at the U.S. Court 
of Appeals In Richmond. He lives In Chesterfield, VA. 



Friends of VCU 

Scott Bass MC is Inside Business's Richmond 
editor. He covered real estate and technology for 
five years. Scott earned the Sliver Award in 2000 
from the American Association of Business 
Publications for a profile of local entrepreneur, 
Johnny Johnson. • John Ritchie Jr. retired as exec- 
utive director and executive assistant to the board 
of commissioners at the Virginia Housing 
Development Authority in Richmond. He lives in 
Charlottesville, VA. • Ken Tanner MC is senior farm 
editor/broadcaster at Capitol Broadcasting 
Company in Raleigh, NC. 

Obituaries 
1940s 

Edgar Johnson 'ASBS/B on December 20, 2000, at 
72, in Henrico, NC. He owned and founded 
Southside Insurers, a property developer, and was 
a founding member of the Bank of Brunswick. Edgar 
was town mayor of Alberta for 13 years. He was 
also in the navy and helped establish Brunswick 
Health Care • Alene Miller '40BS/H&S. 

1950s 

Marie-Louise Bok '53BFA on January 19, 2001, after 
a brief Illness. She taught German and drama at 
Douglas S. Freeman High School in Richmond 1954- 
78. She came to the U.S. in the 1930s with a Dutch 
ballet troupe. • Patricia (Vint) Bryant '52BS/E on 
March 21, 2001 . She was retired from the Richmond 
Times-Dispatch. She was the organizing president 
of the Virginia Press Women. • Jesse Crabtree Jr. 
■58BA/B on August 1 2, 2000 • Franklin Davis Sr. 
•50BFA on December 16, 2000, at 78, in Mineral, VA. 
• Bertha Faust '51 BFA In December, 1995.' Louis 
Friedman '51BS/B on July 26, 1999 • *Arthur Greene 
Jr. '51BFA on December 25, 2000, at 71. He taught at 
Louisa County High School and at James Madison 
University. He taught drama at the University of 
Virginia, where he created over 200 roles and 
directed over 150 productions. He was very active 
In community theatre. He received numerous 
awards in theatre and education. Including the 1989 
Raven Faculty Award and a Certificate from the JKF 
Center for the Performing Arts. Arthur was inducted 
Into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame in 
1990. • Don Hunziker '51BS/B on February 12, 2001, 
at 73, after a long illness. He was a founding of 
member of LADD Furniture, Inc., and inducted into 
the American Furniture Hall of Fame In 1999. He 
earned the Brotherhood Award from the National 
Conference of Christians and Jews in 1987, and was 
VCU Alumnus of the Year in 1 991 . Don also was 



named Chief Executive of the Year by Financial 
World magazine In 1988. He was an Army Air Forces 
veteran • Alexander Jones '53BGS/A '54BS/E on 
April 1 2, 2001 • Jeanette Keiningham '576S/H&S on 

December 2, 2000, at 67. She co-chaired the Virginia 
Council on Assisted Technology. Jeanette was a 
member of the Virginia Board for People with 
Disabilities and a founder of the state-run Virginia 
Assisted Technology Loan Program. She was also 
president of Handicapped Unlimited. • Virginia 
(Roberts) Montague '53BFA on May 29, 1999 • 
Edward Moseley '51BS/B on Apnl 1, 2001, after a 
long Illness. He had been vice president of Dietz 
Press. On the Midlothian Ruritan Club, he served as 
local president, and on the National Board of 
Directors. A member of the Chesterfield County 
School Board for ten years, he served on several 
community boards and historical associations. • 
John Nichols '51BS/H&S on November 12, 1998 • 
Irving Schiff '53BS/E on February 1 1 , 2001 , at 70, of 
leukemia. He was senior executive of 
Thalhimers/Hechts. He volunteered forthe 
Richmond Aids Ministry, Richmond Aids Information 
Network and the Fan Free Clinic. 

1960s 

Garvin DeHart '63BS/B on Januan/ 14, 2001, at 67, • 
Marion Gillings '67BS/E.* Laura Hoyle '60BS on 

December 16, 2000, at 85. • Agnes (Browder) Jones 

'68BS/E on March 19, 2001, at 82. She was a retired 
Nottoway County Public School librarian. • Doris 
(Hooper) Robinson '65MSW on February 28, 2001, at 
70 • "Priscilla Rappolt 'BBBFA 'GSMFA on January 
28, 2001 , at 81 • Bertha (Karpa) Schwartz '62BS 
'69MS/E on January 10, 2001, at 85. She taught and 
was a counselor at Mary Mumford Elementary 
School in Richmond. • Howard Sherman 'e2BS/B on 
February 28, 2000, at 65. He was a self-employed life 
and health insurance salesman.* Everett Smith 
'69BS/H&S '73MEd on Januan/ 3, 2001, at 72. He 
was a farmer and a retired pnnclpal of Richmond 
County Intermediate School. Everett served with 
Hospice Support Services of the N.N. • Elva 
(Tromater) Thomas '60MS(RC)/AH. 'Sarah 
Wainwright 'BIMSW on November 4th, 2000, at 82. 
She worked for Family and Children's Services In 
Richmond from 1961 -93 as a director of professional 
services, senior clinical social worker, and as a field 
instructor for the VCU School of Social Work. In 
recognition of her work with student interns for 30 
years, the agency established the Sarah B. 
Wainwright Achievement Award. Sarah volun- 
teered with the Richmond Chapter of the American 
Red Cross and active in local, state and national 
professional organizations. • Robert Wampler 
'64BS/P 'BSMS/B on Februar/ 9, 2001 . He was head 
of Human Resources for the Research and 
Development Division atA.H. Robins. He formed 
Team Management Associates, a human resources 
consulting and placement company in the pharma- 
ceutical and bio-technology areas. • Sara West 
'65BS/E on February 26, 2001, at 77. She served with 
the U.S. Navy dunng World War II. Sara had been 
longterm employee of the American Red Cross, 
serving in Europe, Korea and in the U.S. She was 
retired executive director of the Henrico Chapter of 
the American Red Cross. 

1970s 

•Arthur Adkins'75BS/E'77MEd on March 10,2001, 
at 74. He was chief of the Chlckahomlny Tribe. He 
was a retired Charles City County School teacher 
and bus driver. Arthur was a World War II Army 
veteran. • Eleanor Ager '79MSW on August 4, 2000. 
• *Anabel Carter '70BS/E on November 6, 2000. • 
Dorothy Crump '74BS/E on December 16, 2000, at 84. 
She taught first grade at Chesterfield County 
Schools. • Lawrence Duncan '74BS/B on February 
26, 2001 , at 50. He was a journeyman carpenter for 



Local Union No. 388. Lawrence was an Enduro 
racer and a member of the Oakwood Hunt Club. • 
James Farr '72MEd on February 3, 2001 , In Sanlbel 
Island, Florida He was a longtime employee of the 
Hennco County Schools. • Elizabeth Garrison 
'73BS/SW in Apnl, 1999 • John Gilleece '7ZAS/En 
on November 25, 2000, at 52. He was an engineer at 
Hugh J. Gilleece & Associates in Cary, NC • Shirley 
Gordon '77BS/E on January 31, 2001 in Goochland, 
VA • Elaine Malloy '78MS(RC)/AH, March 26, in 
Richmond, after a bnef Illness, at 62. She had taught 
at Bon Secours Memonal School of Nursing for 
more than 28 years. She was a compassionate 
advocate for patients, a confident communicator 
with physicians, and a hero to generations of 
students • Margaret Quick '76MEd on December 
26, 2000, at 82. She was a teacher, pnncipal, and 
education supervisor for the Hennco County School 
Board. • Gary Smith '71BA/H&S on February 25, 
2000. • William Talbert '71AA '73BS/H&S on May 16, 

1999. • John Viverette '71BS/B on November 9, 2000. 

• Phillip Woodson Jr '75BS/H&S May 24, 2001. 

1980s 

Michael Barclay '86BS/B on Januan/ 2, 2001, at 43. 

He was an applications analyst at MCV School of 
Dentistn/ • Kimberly Dean 'SOBSARO/AH in May 
1999 • Sylvia Gibbs '80BS/B '95MTax on November 
20, 2000, at 44, after a long illness, in Richmond • 
Ronald Henke '88BGS/H&S. ■ Michael McCloskey 
■86MBA on Apnl 1 , 2001 , at 42. • G. Frederick Millar 
Jr. '82MS/B on October 20, 2000, at 47. He was an 
international bank examiner at the Federal Reserve 
Bank of Atianta in Miami, FL* Ellen Pridgen 
'84BSW '87MSW on January 10, 2001, at 43. She 
was a social worker at Southside Regional Medical 
Center. • David Scruggs '85BS/B on April 1 5, 2001 , at 
59. He retired as master chief petty officer after 21 
years in the U.S. Navy. 

1990s 

•Kenneth Davis '91BS/H&S '95MD on December 25, 

2000, at 31, of pancreatic cancer. He was an ortho- 
pedic surgeon at West End Orthopedic Center In 
Mechanlcsvllle, VA. Kenneth completed his resi- 
dency in orthopedic surgery on the MCV Campus in 
May 2000. • Elva Gray-Ash '92MSW on December 
4, 2000, at 54 • Michael Grubb '92BSW/ '95MSW on 
March 27, 2001, at 51. He was director of substance 
abuse with Crossroads Mental Health in Richmond. 

• Phyllis Wile '90MSW on June 22, 2000, after an 
automobile accident. 

2000s 

R. Brooks Clements 'OOBFA on July 24, 2000, from 
complications following heart surgery. In Richmond, 
at 23. Brooks graduated in art education with a 
minor In music. He was working on a graduate 
degree in computer technology at VCU. An active 
member of Si Andrews Episcopal Church, he loved 
running and hiking. His quiet joy lit his life and 
warmed his fnends. • Paul Speeks 'OOBS/B on 
January 24, 2001, at 31. 



Friends of VCU 

Leonard Munnelly on February 23, 2001, at 81. He 
had retired after 41 years with Maxwell House 
Coffee In Hoboken, N.J. He served in the 54th 
Division of the U.S. Army under General Patton In 
W.W.II. 



SUMMER 39 2001 




"The pressure is on the ► 

academic institutions 

and on the clinical 

side to give in to the 

demands of the 

system rather than be 

responsive to the 

healthcare needs of 

the public. But nurses 

are here to serve, 

not just to serve 

the system." 

"Postmodern Issues in 
Caring and Healing," 
Dr. M. Jean Watson, Fellowofthe American Academy of 
Medicine and Holistic Nurse Certified. Her research on the 
theory of human caring is used by clinical nurses through- 
out the world. School of Nursing, April 24. 



J 



i "[Our discovery that polymers, 
including plastics, could conduct 
electricity] is still bearing new appli- 
cations, like a tree full of plums. 
More and more, people are picking at 
these." Scientists are developing con- 
ducting polymers for use as anti- 
static coating on photographic film; 
anti-static floor tiles; liquid crystal displays; 
stealth radar avoidance systems; and throw- 
away electronic devices made of plastics and 
paper. "It's sort of a fun area." 

Dr. Alan G. MacDIarmid, who shared the Nobel Prize 
in Chemistry for 2000, received an honorary doctorate 
at the School of Engineering, February 16. He and 
longterm colleague. Dr. Kenneth Wynne, VCU 

professor of chemical engineering, hold prototype 

rechargeable batteries, 
made with conducting 
polymers. 




"most often... new ideas come from 
employees who interact with customers 
The successful companies listen to 
employees who deal with customers, 
regardless of where those employees 
are in the organizational hierarchy." 

Professor Leonard Berry, Distinguished Professor of 
Marketing, MB. Zaie Chair in Retailing & Marketing, 
School of Business, Texas A&M University, author 
of Discovering the Soul of Service. Charles G. 
Thalhimer Family Scholar in Residence, School of 
Business, April 18-19 




"Corporations are considered individu 
als under the law now. They have the 
status of people. You don't really 
believe that you are equal under the 
law with General Motors or Ex.\on? 
They dominate all media, media on 
the airwaves that we own legally as a 
people; and the radio/ TV stations pay 
nothing for the use of these 
airwaves." 



Ralph Nader, citizen activist and 
Green Party presidential candidate, 
VCU Commons, February 19 



'...I'm really proud of my son... ► 

because he's doing it the right 

way. He's a reporter. He labors 

over what he writes. A lot of 

sportscasting today is 'Look at 

me! I'm on TV!'" 




I «. r ...j ^ "Science has never 

^ ^ 3 completely replaced 

/^\^ "=^ / : mythology, and it 

^■H ^--=-^^1^^^ never will. Instead, 

^^^^ ^^ ^^^1 alongside the 

^^^^ j^\ l^^^M knowledge that can 

^^^B AH I^^^H be validated by 

^^^^B^^H^^^I seems always to 

flow a parallel 
stream of unverifiable perceptions. Such a 
system of alternate varieties of understand- 
ing fulfills. ..the need for mystery that has 
always permeated. . . human con- 
sciousness." 



From The Mysteries Witliin by Dr Sherwin 
Nuland, medical historian and clinical pro- 
fessor of surgery at Yale University School 
of Medi-cine, National Book Award winner 
for l-iow We Die. "Medical Myths" Grand 
Rounds, March 15 



i "Could the economic expansion of 
1995 to 2000 occur again? and what 
policies might bring that about? A 
number of unique circimistances in 
the late 1990s fueled the boom, such as the 
arrival of Internet economy and the increased 
profitability brought about by HMOs." 

Dr. Robert Solow, 1987 Nobel Laureate and Institute 
Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology, School of Business, April 26 



Dick Shaap, journalist, sportscaster, moderator of "The Sport Reporters" on ESPN, winner of six 
Emmys, wrote 36 books. "Learning Life's Lessons through Sport," Seigel Center, February 



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N Nursing 


Administration 


Alumni aie identified by year 


P Pharmacy 


MAE Master of Art Education 


degree/school 


SW SodalWork 


MBA Master of Business 
Administration 


Sdwols 


Degrees 


Doctor of Medicine 


A Arts 


AS Associate's Degree 


MEd Master of Education 


AH Allied Healtli Professions 


C Certificate 


MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 


(CLS) Clinical Laboratory Sciences 


BGS Bachelor of General Studies 


MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of Public 


(RC) Rehabilitation Counseliag 


BIS Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 


Administiation 


B Business 


BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 


MT Five-year Teacher Education 


CPP Center for Public Policy 


BIS, MIS Bachelor, Master of Interdisci- 


program includes a BA or BS/H&S 


D Dentistry 


plinary Studies 


and a Master of Teaching. 


E Education 


BSW, MSW Bachelor, Master of Social 


MURP Master of Urban and Regional 


En Engineering 


Work 


Planning 


H&S Humanities and Sciences 


BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of 


PhD Doctor of Philosophy 


M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 


Music, Master of Music Education 




MC Mass Communications 


M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public 





EVERYONE MUST LEAVE THE BUILDING 



With new Life Sciences facilities on campus 
and the Rice Center, the view ahead lool<s 
very good. Buta glance at the past would 
not be amiss. Charles and Leann Blem not 
only taught 32 years of students m the Life 
Sciences Building, they practically raised a 
family there Dr. Karen Killeen '90BS/H&S 
'94MD, and her brother Dr. Robert Blem 
'93BS '97MD both held presidential scholar- 
ships, both won the Biology Department 
Outstanding Student Award, and as a schol- 
arship athlete, Karen was an Academic Ail- 
American in cross-country track. Karen's 
husband Sean Killeen'90BS/B makes yet 
another Blem family alumnus. Who better to 
ask about the foibles of a venerable building? 

We caught up with the Doctors Blem in the 
lab, packing to go to the swamp. The memories 
came in bursts. 

The old Life Sciences building was idiosyn- 
cratic from the beginning. It was built as a new 
shell wrapped around an old townhouse, presum- 
ably one of founder Henry Hibb's eccentric 




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economies. Some of the old staircases and brick 
walls are still visible inside. 

"The old building wasn't much in 1969, but we 
made it do," Charles says. "The plumbing and 
electrical systems had very little to do with each 
other, he comments. "As recently as this summer, 
faculty were sweltering in some rooms, freezing in 
others." Leaks from the roof greenhouse were 
legendary, and it was not unusual for ceilings to 
fall, even during classes. 

"The building was occupied by roaches, mice, 
the occasional rat and even once a large black rat 
snake (temporarily)," Charles enumerates fondly. 
Leann adds, "Tell them about the time we did 
mouth-to-mouth on the snake." They were 
working with eastern cottonmouths (a poisonous 
snake), surgically implanting transmitters to track 
them in the field. "One snake simply died when we 
knocked it out with anesthetic, but we didn't want 
to lose any of the few we'd caught We put a tube 
down its throat, blew, pressed on its chest and 



brought it back to life." 

The second floor was always a bit 
mystical — one room housed the cadaver, 
and the smell of preservatives was still 
detectable decades later. Rumors 
abounded about what went on in the room, 
noneof them true. The basement of the 
building was like a catacomb, suitable only 
for haunting, and may have been. It was 
dismal, dark, and damp. 

"At one point," Leann remembers, 
"there was a dead lion in the basement. 
King's Dominion gave it to us." "Oh, yeah, 
and some of the students put it in the lab 
one night and rigged up a shirt and shoes 
so it looked like a half-eaten body. Fortunately we 
found it before the cleaning staff came in." 

"The basement was eventually nearly aban- 
doned, except for graduate students, human 
anatomy classes and the cadaver," Charles 
finishes, shaking his head. 

And they are off to the swamp. 
The fate of the old building? The plan is to 
demolish it A new two-story building on the site 
will house a central dining facility, replacing the 
one in Hibbs. On the second floor will be consoli- 
dated Student Services — functions now scattered 
through several campus buildings. 

Space vacated in Hibbs will become class- 
rooms and faculty offices 
to help meet growing 
enrollment needs. 

Pamela Bodkin and 
M.E. Mercer 



Biological Family: Drs. Leann, Robert and Charles Blem, and Dr. Karen Blem Killeen. 




What's in a Name? 

You tell us. President Irani has askedthe Alumni Association to help create a 
new name for VCU's Academic Campus. Besides implying thatthe research 
and teaching on the Medical College of Virginia Campus isn't academic, the 
name usually leads to calling the campus VCU, narrowing perceptions of the 
University's comprehensive scope. 

So we're asking you— who better? What do you think would be a / 
good name? Something easy to recognize, something everyone / 
can identify with. Send us your ideas. / 

Led by VCUAA's immediate past president, Hugh Keogh,the /,' 

alumni board's executive committee, with representatives from ' ^ 

the MCV Alumni Association, student government, faculty and : \=_= 
staff senates. Advancement and Outreach Divisions, will review! *^ 
suggestions and fonward five recommendations to President \ 
Irani to submit to the Board of Visitors in May 2002. Send sug- \ 
gestions atthe Association's website: vwvw.vcu-mcvalumni.org; \ 
VCU's website atvvww.vcu.edu; or fax them to Hugh Keogh at \^ 
(804) 828-81 97. The deadline for submissions is October 15. ^ ^ 



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